Jade is valued so differently than other comparable gemstones or precious metals that a Chinese proverb says “Gold has a price; jade is priceless”. Jade is not, in fact, priceless but the finest jade sells for about the same price per carat as diamonds in the United States.
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Jade is not a single polished and cut crystal, such as in the case of diamonds or rubies, but, rather, stones formed of interlocking microcrystals which come in different shapes and sizes, and can have impurities or grains in the stone that define its character. This means each piece of jade is unique allowing professional craftsmen to look at raw jade’s beauty, flaws, and spirit to determine what shall be carved from it. This potential ties into the price that people are willing to pay for it.
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