Everything You Need to Know About Jade Engagement Rings

Jade Engagement Rings

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Jade possesses all the desirable qualities found in gemstones: It’s durable, it’s rare, it’s beautiful, and it’s steeped in thousands of years worth of history and tradition. If you're leaning toward an engagement ring that checks off all those boxes, you may want to consider including jade in your search.

What Is Jade?

Jade is a metamorphic rock composed of varying minerals primarily sourced from Burma and China. There are two types of jade: jadeite and nephrite.

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The History of the Jade Gemstones

Artisans have been crafting with jade for thousands of years, in large part due to its spiritual associations. “It was often believed to cure the pain of the time of the Mayan and Aztecs,” Jewelry designer Edward Avedis tells Brides. “However, it was the Chinese who revered the green jade since its discovery in Burma.” In fact, the Chinese character for jade dates back to 2950 BC and to this day remains a highly significant gemstone within the culture. The toughness of jade lent itself to creating weaponry with the stone but it also evolved into a prized material for statues and jewelry throughout several centuries.

Meet the Expert

Edward Avedis is a sixth-generation fine jewelry designer based in Santa Monica who offers an assortment of bespoke and beautifully-crafted bridal pieces through his eponymous jewelry atelier.

What to Look for in a Jade Engagement Ring

“Jadeite is the rarer gem,” Avedis explains. “It has a higher value and is most sought after in its vivid green color.” Nephrite, on the other hand, is less rare but is also more durable and more affordable. Jadeite is offered in three categories: Type A, Type B, and Type C. “It’s important to choose type A jade because it tends to be more durable,” Avedis advises. The other types have generally undergone treatments that temporarily enhance the appearance of the stone but deteriorate with time.

Though jadeite comes in a range of colors including shades of yellow, brown, lavender, red, and orange, “the most valuable and coveted jade is a specific green called imperial jade," Avedis says. At a certain point in history, imperial jade was reserved for only the Chinese emperor, making it all the more of an enticing gemstone for designing an engagement ring with.

The primary cut for jade is cabochon (a term that refers to gemstone shapes that aren’t faceted or carved). Avedis nods to oval, round, and marquise silhouettes as common cabochon jade stones you’ll find with engagement rings. Designers will often set jade with other stones, like diamond halos or side stones.

How to Care For Your Jade Engagement Ring

Avedis recommends washing your jade with soap and warm water to help keep its shine. “Jade is a durable gem so it’s scratch resistant to a certain degree,” he adds. “Also, be sure to avoid harsh detergents.”

And now, scroll through the beautiful jade engagement rings below.

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Edward Avedis Jade Sarafina Ring

Edward Avedis Jade Sarafina Ring

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The unique black gold on this engagement ring contrasts beautifully with the green jade center stone.

SHOP NOW: Edward Avedis, $3,900

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Effy 14k Yellow Gold Jade and Diamond Ring

Effy 14k Yellow Gold Jade and Diamond Ring

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Double down on the uniqueness of a jade engagement ring by choosing a pear-shaped stone encircled by a halo of petite diamonds.

SHOP NOW: Effy Jewelry, $1,575

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Yi Collection Jade and Ruby Globe Ring

Yi Collection Jade and Ruby Globe Ring

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If you're interested in jade but don’t love the idea of green, look for another color variation, like this white ring.

SHOP NOW: Yi Collection, $1,150

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Certified Type A Jadeite Jade and Diamond Ring

1st Dibs Certified Type A Jadeite Jade and Diamond Ring

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Exquisite proof that jade and diamonds go together perfectly. This ring appears as though it came right out of the Emerald City.

SHOPW NOW: 1st Dibs, $29,000

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Gucci Le Marche des Merveilles Jade & Diamond Feline Head Ring

Gucci Le Marche des Merveilles Jade & Diamond Feline Head Ring

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This Gucci ring is an ornate option for the antique-obsessed bride. We love how thin and delicate the gold band is.

SHOP NOW: Bloomingdale's, $1,720

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Ashley Zhang Jade Ring

Ashley Zhang Jade Ring

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This jade dates back to the 1950s and is reworked into a modern setting alongside baguette and round diamonds.

SHOP NOW: Ashley Zhang Jewelry, $6,000

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Loren Stewart Jade Opal and Diamond Ring

Loren Stewart Jade Opal and Diamond Ring

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This jade ring is accompanied by an opal stone and a small diamond for a varied, stylish engagement aesthetic.

SHOP NOW: Loren Stewart, $415

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HN Jewelry Natural Jade & Marquise Diamond Ring

HN Jewelry Natural Jade & Marquise Diamond Ring

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This type A jade center stone pairs beautifully with its six round brilliant cut diamonds and gold band.

SHOP NOW: HN Jewelry, $2,820

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Renee Lewis Jade and Antique Diamond Ring

Renee Lewis Jade and Antique Diamond Ring

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A timeless option crafted from the finest materials, the true sign of an antique piece.

SHOP NOW: Saks Fifth Avenue, $9,900

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Vintage Jade Engagement Ring

Vintage Jade Engagement Ring

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The marquise jade shape and rose gold band looks especially delicate next to round brilliant diamond accents.

SHOP NOW: Etsy, $2,180

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Nadine Aysoy Celeste Yellow Sapphire and Jade Ring

Nadine Aysoy Celeste Yellow Sapphire and Jade Ring

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Keep an eye out for designers who pair jade with other precious stones, like the yellow sapphires on this radiant ring.

SHOP NOW: Nadine Aysoy, $4,600

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Vintage Jade Diamond Ring

Vintage Jade Diamond Ring

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A vintage option that speaks to modern, artistic sensibilities. Plus, it's perfect for brides who don't want to completely forgo diamonds on their engagement ring.

SHOP NOW: Sophie Jane Jewels, $775

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Japanese Art Deco Jade Ring Certified Untreated

Japanese Art Deco Jade Ring Certified Untreated

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Opt for an Art Deco-inspired ring featuring a jade center stone. This option offers an untreated type a grade that glows.

SHOP NOW: 1st Dibs, $2,500

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66mint Fine Estate Jewelry Green Jade and Diamond Ring

66mint Fine Estate Jewelry Green Jade and Diamond Ring

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This striking jade oval cabochon is accentuated with four round brilliant diamonds and a 14k yellow gold band.

SHOP NOW: 66mint, $1,950

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Vintage Golde Jade Solitaire Ring

Vintage Golde Jade Solitaire Ring

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Complement your jade’s beauty with an ornate gold band. This ring exudes a vintage feel that's striking to the eye.

SHOP NOW: Market Square Jewelers, $415

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