Forget diamonds. Celebrities wanting to stand out and make an impact with statement jewelry have been turning to Jade for that alluring, “je ne sais quoi” that every woman desires.
There is no doubt the rarity and exclusivity of jadeite helps add to that appeal.
While diamonds are prized for their scarcity, geologically speaking, step in to any jewelry store and you will be able to find an endless assortment of diamond jewelry to purchase.
Meanwhile, finding jewelry made with genuine gemstone quality Jadeite is no easy feat. Only a few of the most exclusive high end designers have really worked with jadeite, including red carpet darling Lorraine Schwartz. It is no wonder, considering the few sources of Jadeite in the world.
Myanmar (Burma) is one of the world’s leading producers of jadeite. However, due to the Tom Lantos Block Burmese JADE (Junta’s Anti Democratic Efforts) Act of 2008, prohibits the import of jade mined in Myanmar into the US, because it is an activity that contribute to human rights violations.
This makes finding sources of gem quality jadeite jade an especially difficult task for jewelry designers, and jewelry aficionados are limited in their ability to purchase it.
Not that this is a bad thing. Knowing that the likelihood of someone wearing the same jade earrings as you to an event is practically nonexistent is part of what makes jadeite jade so special. Celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence, Minka Kelly, and Nicole Kidman (to name a few) seem to agree.