“The World’s Largest Emerald”, Just Another Fraud!

“The World’s Largest Emerald”, Just Another Fraud!

The 11.5-kilogram green rock was billed as the world’s largest emerald and dubbed Teodora, a name that derives from Greek and means “gift from god.” The emerald, however, may not quite be the $1-million-plus stone its purported owner Regan Reaney promoted it as. A Jan. 20 report in industry publication National Jeweler in the United States was skeptical of the “emerald.” To be 100 per cent certain the rock is an emerald, a gemologist can undertake “destructive testing,” chipping off a piece to assess the innards of the stone. Mr. Reaney reportedly refused this. The Gemological Institute of America would not certify a rock like Mr. Reaney’s as an emerald, because it was acknowledged to be at least partially dyed. At best, if the institute...

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The Most Ridiculous Jade Fraud in China

The Most Ridiculous Jade Fraud in China

220 million yuan! The most expensive Jade auction in 2011, the Han jade dresser and stool, has sparked a heated debate. According to media reports earlier said the CNS in the Beijing International Auction Co., Ltd. held the “2011 special auction of ancient jade”, the “Han Qing Huang Yulong phoenix dresser(with stool),” starting with 180 million yuan, and ultimately to 2.2 billion deal, became the most expensive jade auction last year. Of course the most expensive jade auction created a huge buzz, however, very soon it turned into a biggest joke. I was so shocked when I saw this picture, because there is no way to date any stool back to Han Dynasty (202 BC-9 AD) when Han Chinese considered the only polite way to sit is sitting on the...

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