Nephrite Jade, Finest Jade, Top Color, Vintage, Set of 5
Nephrite Jade, Finest Jade, Vintage, Top Color, Set of 5, The last owner procured these in Asia in 1970’s, unsure of actual date of carving possibly 1920’s based on marquis shape but very, high quality, excellent translucency, and clarity. The Gems also match perfectly. This is as good as green nephrite gets, and it is not loaded with unattractive black inclusions usually found in green nephrite. This would have been the quality desired by the ancient courts and emperors including China where the purchase would have been available only to the Emperor and his family or a most favored courtesan or princess. We are not positive this is from China but only a couple of the primary origins could produce this quality of nephrite. I could most likely never replace these vintage gems due to the amazing translucency and color, almost equal to jadeite, which would have been the most desirable Imperial Jade dating back to ancient times before jadeite had even entered the Royal court. Spinach green to almost apple green in high light is top color for nephrite jade and the person lucky enough to have not one piece, but a large matching set, can command a higher price.
We will happily weigh and measure individual pieces in mm and carat weight but they are sizable and would make a perfect single necklace/pendant and a ring with earrings, etc. They would have been mounted in yellow gold 14k to pure 24kyg which may be too soft for today’s practical usage, but in 14 or 18k they would be gorgeous.
Spinach to apple green are the colors of these gems; changing to intense apple green when lit well and they look a lot like Imperial Jadeite-in lower light and only the slight (and desirable,) spinach color in mid light primarily reveals to the trained eye that this is top-drawer, ancient Nephrite, not newer Jadeite.
Though I would lean toward the historic use of yellow gold these would be beautiful in white gold, even sterling silver or platinum.
Priced to sell and ready for easy mounting by any decent jeweler.