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What is the difference between jade and jadeite?

What was traditionally called jade is in fact two separate and distinct minerals; jadeite and nephrite. These two materials have different chemical compositions, levels of hardness and densities. They even have different crystal structures. Most of the classic jade from China is nephrite; jadeite comes mainly from Burma. The rarest and most valuable jadeite is called imperial jade, and is colored green by traces of chromium. It has a color and transparency that rivals fine emerald, though imperial jade is slightly more yellow in tone. Jadeite is generally very expensive, while nephrite is still quite affordable.

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