Over the past two years, I’ve carved, gifted, and sold more Turkish purple jade than any other stone in my studio. I’ve enjoyed learning about the gemstone’s folklore as well as carving it. When my customers delight in holding their purchases in their hands for the first time, I also take great pride.

My miners, my customers, and I all share this obsession with this gem material. This has inspired me to write this article and share its beauty. 

What is Turkish Purple Jade?

Also known as turkiyenite, this material has been used as a modern gemstone since the 1980s. During that time, tons of the material were exported to commercial markets. Only one place in the world produces it: the Bursa region of Turkey. Bursa is also known as a source of quartz, diaspore, epidote, orthoclase, and other rocks and minerals.

Is Turkish Purple Jade Really Jade?

There is some discussion over whether turkiyenite is a jade (specifically jadeite) or a rock, since the concentration of jadeite in this material measures between 40% and 60%.

Given that lavender/purple jadeite is among the rarest in the world, and Turkish purple jade doesn’t have the same luminescence or jadeite…