Rare green jadeite owes its color to chromium, while darker color versions of both jadeite and nephrite come from the additional presence of iron. The translucent, emerald green form of Jadeite is recognized as "the" gemstone version of all stones labeled jade where the most perfect, gem specimens found in Burma are aptly named "Imperial Jade". Jadeite colors also include apple-green, gray, white, cream-yellow, and lavender! Jadeite material is found in several different countries, such as Guatemala, Russia, Kazakhstan, Japan, and North America; however, the absolute best gem quality material is mined in Burma. Believe it or not, there is no true jadeite to be found in China!
Carved Burmese Jadeite pendant, Ganesha, god to the artist. Private Collection, Dale Armstrong.