Turkish purple jade lavender jadeite/chalcedony 25 x 15 mm navette - vintage material top of the find - made in maine. Turkish jade turkiyenite has been a curiosity and a mystery since it's discovery in bursa turkey in 1980. It is being and has been marketed as purple jadeite jade.
Turkish jade is typically 40% to 60% jadeite jade but can vary higher and or lower than that with its jadeite content. The balance of the mixture (conglomerate) tends to be chalcedony. Chalcedony has a waxy luster and may be semitransparent or translucent.It can assume a wide range of colors, including lavender blue. Agates and jaspers are types of chalcedonies. Nature likes to make soup. Many gemstones are a combination of ingredients like lapis lazuli. Turkiyenite was found in a very small area as a surface outcropping.
It didn't go deep and was easy to gather. The find was quickly mined out. Several later mining ventures attempted to locate more material but failed miserably. The earliest material found is still the best material.Our rough comes from the earliest materials mined. That is why our gemstones have a better clarity, are much more translucent, and are less mottled than current offerings. This is probably due to a higher chalcedony content in the mix, but we have a wide range of patterns, clarities, and shades of color. The bottom line is that there isn't a lot of turkish jade left in the world and the prices on all grades continue to rise. We recently finished cutting this cabochon. The gemstone is opaque with slight translucency. It hasn't been glass or resin treated.
The color is uniform with a look that's slightly glassier than burma jadeite. The cabochon weights 21.18 carats. This purple jadeite/chalcedony navette cabochon measures 25 x 15 millimeters or approximately 1 x 5/8 of an inch. It's 8 millimeters deep, which is approximately 3/8 of an inch.
This gemstone has been super polished. We're using a 21st century polishing technique to super polish gemstones exceptionally brighter than what is normally seen by the public. Gemstones can look different under different types of light.The redder background images were taken with incandescent house light while the other images used a daylight led light source. Sunlight is the best light to view most gemstones. Unfortunately, we rarely have sunlight and blue skies in maine, so outdoor photos are nearly impossible to take. Our prices are at wholesale. Scale (25mm 1 a dime is 17.5 millimeters 1gm 5ct).
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