While it is possible to buy jade along Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, a temple of Buddha overlooking the city. Just below the temple is the Orchid and Jade Factory. Orchid Jade does not tolerate any type of treatment on jade. All our jadeite jewelry are Type A and thus we can guarantee that they are of the highest quality. In addition, our jewelry are exclusively made, which means most, if not all, are handcrafted. We firmly believe in crafting the finest jewelry that will help reflect the unique personality and style of each of our customer.
Jade the precious gem known as the “stone of heaven” has been cherished for millennia. It’s considered pure and enduring enough to inspire the wearer’s highest spiritual aspirations, yet sensuous and luxurious enough to satisfy down-to-earth cravings. Modern gemologists use the word “jade” as a generic term for two distinct mineral aggregates–jadeite and nephrite. Soft enough to carve, tough enough to withstand repeated hummer blows, the two minerals look and feel very similar. But their chemical compositions are different, and gemologists classify them as separate species. Though different in crystal structure, jadeite and nephrite share exceptional toughness.
Orchid Jade, the jade specialist, was founded in 1981 in Chiangmai, Thailand by Preecha and Waranan Pongcharoenkul. For more than twenty years, Orchid Jade has maintained a reputation for value, quality and service. We feature exclusive collection of jadiete and colored stones jewelry as well as magnificent pieces of nephrite carvings.
Orchid Jade is a member of many pretigous organizations such as Thai Gem and Jewelry Traders Association (since 1990) and was recognized internationally (The New York Times, November 1987). In addition to our specialised managing team with Graduate Diamond, Graduate Colored Stoned and Graduate Gemologist Diplomas from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), Orchid Jade employs over 70 experienced staff. We constantly encourages our employees to participate in educational programs to enhance their understanding in the jewelry industry and customer service. Orchid Jade takes great pride in providing its customers with the strongest guarantees as well as the best value and service in the retail jewelry industry.
“If you are interested in learning about jade or purchasing jewelry made from jade, Orchid Jade is certainly a place to visit. First, we will show you a video on jades from around the world and the process of turning them into exclusive jewelry pieces. After that, we will take you through our on-site factory where over 30 Thai craftpeople work on jewelry and carving productions. In addition, we will illustrate simple techniques on how to tell jade from its imitations. We also have a mini museum featuring antique jade collections from around the world. Lastly, it is shopping time choose from a variety of beautifully crafted products from our extensive collection.”
Chiang Mai Orchid Jade Factory Map