Jade, Lavender, Natural, Heishi, 4x2mm

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Jade, Lavender, Heishi, 4x2mm.  This price is for one strand 15 to 16 inches long.

4x2mm strands have 145 to 150 pieces.

There are two types of Jade: Nephrite and Jadeite. They both have similar properties and appearances, but Nephrite is more common, and therefore, the less expensive of the two. For centuries, Jadeite and Nephrite were considered the same. They were not identified as different until 1863. The two stones differ in color and hardness. Jadeite is harder, rating a 7 on the hardness scale, while Nephrite rates only a 6.5. Jadeite comes in virtually every color while Nephrite has a more limited range of color.

Lavender Jade is a variety of Jadeite, which is a sodium aluminum silicate, hard and lustrous. Color is largely affected by the presence of trace elements such as chromium and iron. Its translucence varies from opaque to almost clear. Jadeite occurs in various colors, including white-gray green, leafy green, blue or blue-green, emerald green, lavender or purple, pink, red, orange, greenish-black or black.  Variations in color and translucence are often found even within a single specimen.

Jadeite is reported in Myanmar, New Zealand, Guatemala, Japan, Kazakhstan,  Russia, Canada, Italy. It has also been found in California.

Hardness 7 

This is a natural stone that has had no treatment other than cutting, drilling, and polishing. 

The source of these beads is Brazil and they are cut, drilled and polished in China.