Jade Engagement Rings: The Complete Guide

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Jade possesses all of 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.

Jade Gemstones 101
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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.

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.

Learn more about jade stones and what you should look for in an engagement ring.

Pros and Cons of Jade Rings

Jadeite is offered in three categories: Type A, Type B, and Type C. “Jadeite is the rarer gem,” Avedis says. “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. The toughness of jade lent itself originally to creating weaponry with the stone, but it evolved into a prized material for statues and jewelry throughout several centuries. “It’s important to choose type A jade because it tends to be more durable,” Avedis says. The other types have generally undergone treatments that temporarily enhance the appearance of the stone but deteriorate with time.

What to Look for in a Jade Engagement Ring

• Is there a benefit to selecting a specific type of jade? 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.

• What are some popular cuts for jade rings? 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.

• What types of stones are set with jade? 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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Certified Type A Jadeite Jade and Diamond Ring

1st Dibs Certified Type A Jadeite Jade and Diamond Ring

Courtesy of 1st Dibs

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

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Gucci Le Marche des Merveilles Jade & Diamond Feline Head Ring

Gucci Le Marche des Merveilles Jade & Diamond Feline Head Ring

Courtesy of Bloomingdale's 

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

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Ashley Zhang Jade Ring

Ashley Zhang Jade Ring

Courtesy of Ashley Zhang

This jade dates back to the 1950s and is reworked into a modern setting alongside baguette and round diamonds. Handcrafted and truly one-of-a-kind, this jadeite beauty is more than ready for its close-up.

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Yi Collection Jade and Ruby Globe Ring

Yi Collection Jade and Ruby Globe Ring

Courtesy of Yi Collection

If you're interested in jade but don’t love the idea of green, look for another color variation, like this white ring with a rubies band. Symbolic of purity and strength, it's a great match for brides seeking a non-alternative option.

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HN Jewelry Natural Jade & Marquise Diamond Ring

HN Jewelry Natural Jade & Marquise Diamond Ring

Courtesy of HN Jewelry

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

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Vintage Jade Engagement Ring

Vintage Jade Engagement Ring

Courtesy of Etsy

The marquise jade shape and rose gold band looks especially delicate next to round brilliant diamond accents. This mid-century style will be admired by all those who see it.

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Nadine Aysoy Celeste Tsavorite & Jade Ring

Nadine Aysoy Celeste Tsavorite & Jade Ring

Courtesy of Nadine Aysoy

Keep an eye out for designers who pair jade with other precious stones, like the tsavorites on this radiant 18k yellow gold ring. The unique shape of the jade disc will garner attention all on its own.

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Vintage Jade Diamond Ring

Vintage Jade Diamond Ring

Courtesy of Sophie Jane Jewels 

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.

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1st Dibs Antique Jade Ring

1st Dibs Antique Jade Ring

Courtesy of 1st Dibs

This Edwardian-style antique ring is enriched with history. A shiny, luminous jade stone in the shape of an oval commands attention with an 18k gold band.

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66mint Exceptional GIA Natural Jadeite Imperial Jade & Diamond Ring

66mint Exceptional GIA Natural Jadeite Imperial Jade & Diamond Ring

Courtesy of 66mint

Jade lovers rejoice! This imperial fine jade ring is for the bride with exceptional taste. The 18k white gold setting includes 14 precisely placed round-cut diamonds flanking the oval jade center.

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Jadeite Atelier Eden Ring In Apple Green Jade

Jadeite Atelier Eden Ring In Apple Green Jade

Courtesy of Wolf & Badger

Modern brides will appreciate this ring's minimalist appeal. With an apple green jade and simple champagne gold band, it displays both elegant and youthful qualities.

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Sylva & Yepremian 18kt Gold, Jade and Diamond Ring

Sylva & Yepremian 18kt Gold, Jade and Diamond Ring

Courtesy of Net-a-Porter

Command attention with this statement-making 18k gold ring from Sylva & Yepremian that has the look and feel of an heirloom piece. A massive jade stone is made even more magnificent by a halo of round-cut diamonds. 

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Jennie Kwon Jadeite Diamond Ring

Jennie Kwon Jadeite Diamond Ring

Courtesy of Audry Rose

This petite 14k yellow gold stacking ring is one that you'll cherish for years to come. A 3mm jade stone takes center stage alongside six 1mm pavé diamonds for a romantic look.

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1st Dibs Jadeite Jade and Diamond Cocktail Ring

1st Dibs Jadeite Jade and Diamond Cocktail Ring

Courtesy of 1st Dibs

We love the striking appearance of this 18k gold apple green jadeite jade cocktail ring. The center stone is encircled by 12 sparkly pear-shaped diamonds for an elevated finish.

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Tiffany & Co Elsa Peretti Cabochon Ring

Tiffany & Co Elsa Peretti Cabochon Ring

Courtesy of Tiffany & Co

For the Grecian goddess with impeccable taste, this lavish green jade ring won't disappoint. The ultra-smooth 18k gold setting brings forth a heightened sense of drama.

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Market Square Jewelers Black Hills Gold Jade Ring

Market Square Jewelers Black Hills Gold Jade Ring

Courtesy of Market Square Jewelers

When big flashy diamonds aren't your thing, channel a look of pure elegance with this bright dyed green jade cabochon ring. Take a closer look and you'll notice naturalistic leaves and berries handcrafted on the sides.

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Ross Simons C. 2000 Vintage Jade and Diamond Ring in Platinum

Ross-Simons C. 2000 Vintage Jade and Diamond Ring in Platinum

Courtesy of Ross-Simons

For the vintage enthusiast in search of that "something old" to elevate your bridal look. Take inspiration from the royals with this heirloom piece (circa 2000) featuring an oval jade cabochon surrounded by round brilliant-cut diamonds.

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Effy 14k Yellow Gold Jade and Diamond Ring

Effy 14k Yellow Gold Jade and Diamond Ring

Courtesy of Effy

With a captivating rectangular jade center stone, this 14k yellow gold ring has us swooning. The addition of round diamonds on the band lends an air of sophistication.

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HN Jewelry Natural Type A Jade and Diamond Ring in 18k White Gold

HN Jewelry Natural Type A Jade and Diamond Ring in 18k White Gold

Courtesy of HN Jewelry 

There's an old-time elegance about this oval-shaped jade ring that will take you back in time. In total, you'll find 28 round-cut brilliant diamonds surrounding the center stone and sprinkled along the band for a look of sheer perfection.

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