Precious stones are the most beautiful and valuable of all the gemstones. Their colors are vibrant, translucent and brilliant. These natural crystals are also durable, but at the same time rare, and they can be used to create both jewelry and accessories.
Jade is an ornamental rock. The term jade is applied to two different metamorphic rocks that are composed of different silicate minerals: nephrite and jadeite. Nephrite and jadeite were used from prehistoric periods for hardstone carving. Jadeite has about the same hardness as quartz. Nephrite is slightly softer, but is tougher (more resistant to breakage) than jadeite.