Capitalize the Economic Downtime– Finding That Perfect Piece of Jade

In such a economic downtime, we probably worry about the next month paycheck rather than a piece of jewelry. However, if you have extra disposable cash, to invest in valuable jade is probably a good investment. It’s a great time to bargain with the jeweler if you can let him/her smell the money. Recently, I heard a quite well-known jeweler has to close all the stores due to the sudden broken cash chain even though he still had hundred thousand dollar worth jewelry in stock. The “Cash King Theory” has never been truer now days. With the economic problems these days, it is important to maximize every dollar possible. Here you will learn where to get your best deals on jade and discover how to save time doing it. The mall probably should not be your...

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Unlock the Secrete Meanings of Gemstones

Though they are sparkly, pretty and intriguing, gemstones from the dawn of time have served as talismans of good health fortune and prosperity. Used to ward off negativity in some form, each has their own properties and meanings. Below is a list of some of the most popular gemstones and there meanings: Diamonds The most sought-after gemstones, i.e., diamonds with the highest level of hardness property—10. Diamonds are also considered to be a symbol of infinity. They have been used as talismans to draw away physical ailments. Pearls Pearls have less hardness properties than diamonds and are created within the interior of certain mollusks. Pearls, in certain societies, are the symbol for purity. They have been considered to emit certain properties that create...

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Gemstone Identification: MOHS SCALE OF MINERAL HARDNESS

If you’re a fan of gemstone, there’s one name you definetely need to respect. Friedrich Mohs (1773-1839),German Geologist/mineralogist. Mohs, studied chemistry, mathematics and physics. He started classifying minerals by their physical characteristics, in spite of their chemical composition, as it was done before. He created a hardness scale that is still used as Mohs scale of mineral hardness. The scale goes from 1 to 10. Diamond is at the top of the scale, with a rating of 10, Talc is the softest, with a rating of 1. You can use minerals of known hardness to determine the relative hardness of any other mineral.  A mineral of a given hardness will scratch a mineral of a lower number. For example one of your fingernail(2) can scratch a talc(1)...

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How to care for Jade Artcraft

Due to different polishing techniques, the luster of jade art craft will last differently. The poorly made ones will lose the luster after 1-2 years or sooner. A good Care and Maintenance is very important for jade. You shall dust the jade art craft with swifter often. Then wipe the craft with sheepskin. If the ambient humidity is quit low, then better wipe the craft with soft wet cloth to increase the surface moisture. Don’t put the jade craft under the direct sunlight or spotlight too long. The heat will dry the moisture of the jade and cause fine cracks. Tweet

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Few Tips of Chinese Antique Jade Collecting

If you are an antique jade collector especially for Chinese jade, then there are few tips you must know: 1. Master the ancient jade patterns. Chinese jade has a rich history of patterns. Certain unique pattern can help to date back to specific era. If you are a Chinese antique jade lover, I would recommend the famous book “Antique Jade Illustration” written by Wu Da Zhen from Qing Dynasty. The author depicted a list of antique jade based on their date, usage, and size. He also provided related illustrations which were highly valuable. 2. Fabricated Ancient Jade can be dated back to Song Dynasty (960 –1279AC). As I mentioned in previous article, the authentic ancient jade shall be dated before Han Dynasty (202 BC). So even if it is an antique jade piece, it...

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What is Ancient Jade

If you are interested in Chinese jade collecting, there is a very import definition to know that is “Ancient Jade (GuYu)”. A lot of jewelers might claim their jade is Ancient Jade. However, it can be very misleading. Strictly speaking, “Ancient Jade (GuYu)” shall be dated back before Han Dynasty (202BC). In Chinese pronunciation, “Gu Yu” means Ancient Jade while it also can be translated as Antique Jade. So some jewelers might play around this definition and cheat you of the price. Tweet

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How to identify the broken and repaired jade

Intactness” is a very important required virtue of a valuable jade piece. If a jade piece is broken, even to a tiniest extend, the value shall drop drastically. Unfortunately, thanks to the advanced repair technique its becoming more and more difficult for a collector to identify a broken piece. The key to identify if a jade piece is broken and repaired, is the detail oriented observation. No matter how delicate the repair is, you always can find a clue. Today I will introduce you few jade repair techniques and how to sleuth. 1. If the broken part is obvious, the repairer might use other materials to replace such as gold, silver or even platinum. This technique does sound very obvious too. However if the vendor told you it’s a gold inlaid jade piece and the...

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