The jadeite is a stone which is also called jade. It was discovered towards the end of the 18e century only. Its beautiful varied colors, associated with its hardness and translucency, quickly helped replace the old jade in the hearts of the Chinese. Today, the jadeite is the precious stone found more frequently in the East. Its chemical composition and physical properties are different from those of the nephrite.
Deposits of jadeite are very rare. Two regions only produce the jadeite: Northern Burma (Myanmar) and Motagua valley in Guatemala. Most jadeite stones of a pretty green, often found for sale at low price, are tinted with polymer. The beautiful natural jadeites are rare and very expensive.