How to select and evaluate jadeite – Part 2

How to select and evaluate jadeite – Part 2

Enhancement is an artificial way to improve the appearance of jadeite. Enhancement is able to advance the selling price of jadeite but not the real value. To unveil the secretes of enhancement can lock you on the real value of the jadeite. Due to the degree of treatment jadeite can be classified as following types: Type A (Allowing): No treatment is allowed except for surface waxing. The surface waxing is serving for the purpose to make the appearance more smooth and improve its higher reflecting capability. Allowing jadeite preserves the authentic quality to the most. Therefore you shall experience all the virtues of the nature of jadeite. Even under the daylight with your unaided eyes, you shall feel its fine texture, pure and soft color, and clear and...

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A practical method to judge the quality of a Jadeite Bangle

A practical method to judge the quality of a Jadeite Bangle

How can you determine the quality of a Type A Jadeite Bangle? Hang the jadeite bangle with a string, take a slightly bigger jadeite pendant (cylindrical shape is preferred) and tap it. If the sound is clear and crisp like a copper bell with a pure deep metallic quality, then it is very possibly Type A Jadeite. Flash a light at the bangle from its side and if the Color Root is not continuous, meaning some color on the surface is different than in the middle of the jade, then it is more probably Type B.          Note:  1) Color Root is the color in the heart of the jade. 2) If the bangle is “washed” by strong acid which is Type B+A, then it will be difficult to be judged under 30X magnification. In this respect, listening to the echo is probably...

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How to judge “Dyed Jade”

How to judge “Dyed Jade”

If it is well made “Dyed Jade”, usually you won’t be able to judge it by your bare eyes. Professional testing equipment will be a more reliable source to provide you detailed information. However, if the dying hasn’t been perfectly done, you will still have the chance to spot the nuances through some practical techniques. The “Dyed Jade” will suffer the follow pitfalls: The color is not pure and natural, but more dull, tedious and bluish. If the dyed color is a layer of coating, you will feel that the color is only “floating” on the surface. You might find some very fine veins similar to the roots of a plants, whose color are slightly different from the rest of the piece. The dyed jade will not only lack it’s natural luster but will also...

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