All natural purple jade from Turkey is referred to as "scarce" it is so rare. I was lucky to secure the rough which I cut this set from. It is a beautiful stone, full of visual texture and soft purple. The stones you see are very solid. Any lines you see in the pictures are veins in the stone. Unfortunately, most of the Turkish jade you see now is cut from old statues and carvings. I do not believe any more is being mined.
I used an unusual wire wrapped jewelry setting in solid, heavy sterling silver (the wire is not plated, filled or coated, but solid sterling silver) for these wonderful matching stones. The handcrafted and hand forged earwires are also solid sterling silver. These are real classy.
Matching pendant can be found here.
stones ---- earrings, 28x15mm
earrings ---- 2.56" / 65mm on long earwires; .66" / 17mm wide
earwires alone ---- 1.19" / 30mm long
More About Turkish Jade:
One of the rarest colors and rarest forms of jadeite is Purple Turkish jade. It is only found in one area, the Harmancık (Bursa) region of western Anatolia (Turkey). It is also called turkiyenite and Anatolian purple jade. Like Burmese Maw Sit Sit, it is called jadeite, although it is not pure jadeite. Turkish Jade is actually about 60% jadeite with the remaining components being quartz, orthoclase, epidote, chloritoid and phlogopite minerals.
What Purple Turkish Jade lacks in typical jadeite translucency, it makes up for in color. It presents with many shades of lavender, mauve and purple often in the same stone. It can have a slight pattern of orange in it, too.
Turkish Jade has a Mohs hardness of 6.5 – 7, making it a great candidate for jewelry and carvings. In fact, many of the old carvings are now being cut up and sold for lapidary purposes, which is a statement as to its rarity.