This is not only used for pretty jewelry the material created a form of art by its own with skillful and attractive appearance plus variable texture and colors, perfect to express something. Also the color spectrum is wide giving a good base for creation of various items which needs some vibrant and crystal luster with a level of transparency. The higher the transparency, the better the color and the cleaner the texture, the higher is the price.
There are real artists
out there who are able to produce real art creations by using the drilling machine (also people always talk about carving, actually there is no carving) the material is formed by drilling. This also has something to do with the extreme hardness which is just a bit lower to diamond.
Creation of this art are usually born in both countries, the rough material comes from Myanmar and the biggest industry to make jewelry out of it is in China.
For the lower price range nephrite is used from many sources this makes it much cheaper, but the variety of shades and colors are much less wider beautiful art is created from this stones as it is clearly visible at the pictures.