Education - Evaluation - CertificationAbout the International Jade Institute
“Together we can create a world of good.”
The International Jade Institute (IJI) is an East/West collaborative effort that combines the love and appreciation of jade with a desire to cultivate a deeper understanding and to promote the many virtues of this beloved gemstone.
IJI educates on jade’s diversity and value with an emphasis on protecting jade’s authenticity.
Jade has been highly prized in Asian countries for thousands of years, but in the West, the rich history of jade and its values are still mostly unknown the general populous. Until very recently, with the exception of the antiquities and private collectors’ markets, people in western countries have completely overlooked jade’s collectability and its deeply symbolic and mystical values. The recent popularity of this beautiful and ancient gemstone is creating an increased demand for quality jade worldwide.
Jade collecting is now becoming much more mainstream. Western admirers appreciate jade not just for its incredible beauty and its ability to complete an impressive fashion statement, but also for its extreme value as a collectible gemstone.
Unfortunately, with this increased popularity comes increased fraud and unscrupulous dealers/traders. These scammers are willing to promote and sell poor quality or “Pseudo Jade” (jade look-alike) to unsuspecting and under educated buyers. Dyed Chalcedony, Dyed Calcite, Garnet, Green Polymers and several other excellent copycats are routinely sold and passed off as top quality Jade.
Although methods of Jade grading and some standards do exist in various countries worldwide there is not one single authority that has garnered worldwide acceptance and more importantly, certification credibility for jade. Because of this, IJI’s founders recognized an essential need for assurance of quality and the consistency of evaluations and so began the enormous task of developing a consolidation plan for jade evaluation in this highly-segmented industry.
The distinctive IJI Verified Certification is awarded to jade pieces that successfully undergo and meet the stringent requirements set forth in the IJI International Jade Standard. An IJI verified jade item is guaranteed 100% authentic, if it is registered in the IJI Online Jade Registry.
IJI approaches this vision with a sense of urgency and purpose, fortified by its team of dedicated and seasoned experts, highly experienced staff and dedicated volunteers. In addition, by working collaboratively with key industry leaders across the globe we are confident that our beautiful and beloved jade will continue to bestow its many beneficial virtues… on those that believe!
Join us on our journey.
The International Jade institute (IJI) is currently crafting an extensive International “Standard for the Identification and Evaluation of Jade” (IJI Jade Standard). Utilizing experts from all corners of the world, the IJI Standard will is a collaborative effort incorporating aspects of the current “Chinese National Standard for Jewelry and Jade” with additional input from prominent Chinese Jade experts and from leading Western experts, which will in combination be used to create the new IJI Global Jade standard.
As a registered “not for profit” 501(c) foundation we aim to be the world’s preeminent authority on jade education, research and evaluation. IJI will be synonymous with the utmost standards of integrity and immediately identified as the #1 trusted source for jade evaluation worldwide. We will serve as a valuable resource for jade Information and certification, be a beacon of ethics, and educate our students to the highest standards by providing them a stepping stone to opportunity in the industry as a Professional Jade Evaluator (PJE).
The distinctive IJI Verified Certification is awarded to jade pieces that successfully undergo and meet the stringent requirements set forth in the IJI International Jade Standard. An IJI certified jade item is guaranteed 100% authentic, if it is registered in the IJI Online Jade Registry.
IJI approaches this vision with a sense of urgency and purpose, fortified by its team of dedicated and seasoned experts, highly experienced staff and dedicated volunteers.