Where do jade gemstones originate?


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Jade gemstones originate from Myanmar, Canada, China, Russia and New Zealand. Jade is a term that refers to two different gemstones: nephrite and jadeite, which is rare and more precious. Jadeite, also known as imperial jade, is found in Guatemala, China, Russia and Myanmar.

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Jadeite deposits found in the northern regions of Myanmar are of the highest quality in the world. Historically, jade gemstones that date back to the Neolithic times have been found in prehistoric China, India, New Zealand, Canada and Southeast Asia. As of 2015, other jade-producing regions are Turkestan, located in Central Asia between Iran and Siberia; Alaska, in the Kobuk River Watershed at Jade Mountain; and Hotan, located in western China.

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