Buying Jade at Hong Kong's Famed Jade Market

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Hong Kong Jade Market

The Hong Kong Jade Market is a place of wondrous gemstone marvels. There are stalls on stalls on stalls overflowing with jade beads, jade bracelets, jade figurines, and so much more. If you find yourself in the city and craving something a little special for yourself (or maybe a loved one!) you have to give the Jade Market a visit. 

The market is located on the Kowloon side of Hong Kong and open Monday through Saturday from 11AM to 5:45PM. It's super easy to get to! Just hop on the ferry that takes you from Central Pier No. 7 to Tsim Sha Tsui. From the Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station it's about a 20 minute walk up Nathan Road. Take a left at Gascoigne Road and then you'll find the market on your right hand side. 

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When I was in Hong Kong with Oliver and Florian we were sure not to miss out on perusing these gem stoned filled stalls. I went in with no intentions of purchasing anything. And of course, no surprise here, ended up getting a little something for myself. It's almost impossible to walk out of there with nothing! 

We got super lucky while we were there. We met a vendor who was 1. not screaming at us trying to obnoxiously sell us something,  2. definitely not trying to scam us, and 3. taught us how to parse through the jade and pick the quality pieces. Now, I'm passing on these tips to you! 

What Matters When You're Buying Jade 

1. The Stone Should Be Imperfect

Jade stones comes in all different hues and shades of green. There are bright green ones, dark green ones, green spotted ones. Now you may think because the stone is a solid bright green color that this means it's a good stone. Wrong! Jade is a natural gemstone that means it should be IMPERFECT. The bracelets and pendants that are solid bright color have been highly tampered with and most likely contains very very little real jade. The higher quality ones will have variations in the color, looking more like droplets of green food color diffusing through water. 

2. The Stone Should Be Clear Not Cloud

Opacity matters when you're looking at jade. It's like shopping for diamonds. Higher levels of opacity or simply cloudiness means the gemstone is of lower quality. To check this just hold the stone up to the light and see how clear it is. The clearer the stone, the higher quality it is! 

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3. Each Gemstone Holds a Different Meaning

The market sells much more than jade. There are so many different types of gemstones and mineral rocks that you can get here. I actually bought myself not jade but a little moonstone elephant figurine. Here are some examples of the different meanings different stones and different figurines hold. 

Jade is for protection
Graphite is for good blood circulation
Moonstone is for clarity of mind 

Elephants are for good fortune
Turtles are for good health and longevity

4. The Jade Should Change The More You Wear It

This is obviously more applicable for after you've purchased your jade. But it's still important to know! The vendor told us that jade is meant to be worn and meant to be touched. Our naturally occurring skin oils mix with the jade and changes it's color. The more you wear it and the more it touches your skin, the more beautiful the gemstone should become! 

 


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