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Jadeite - GIA Knowledge Session

cflutist

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I attended a GIA Knowledge Session on Jadeite. An audio recording should be available later today.
The first section was on distribution.
The 2nd section was on varieties and treatments.

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Cheryl,

Your post reminds me of a time I flew down from Boise to San Francisco in weather conditions known as VFR on top. I was instrument rated and happy to be flying in bright sunshine until the last ten miles or so of my trip, when I had to dip into and down through the clouds and landing in the rain at the Oakland airport. This would have been in the early 80's, probably 81 or 82.

Once my business there was concluded I took a three hour vacation and visited Gump's in San Francisco. I was there for only one reason, to see the Jade Room I had read about In Richard Gump's book, Jade: Stone of Heaven. I was hoping to meet Mr. Gump there, but was told he had retired a few years earlier.

His Jade Room was everything I had hoped for. incredible pieces of jade jewelry, carvings and when I asked, I was shown some magnificent pieces of loose jade, including a piece of Imperial Jade that was so translucent as to be nearly transparent of a rich bright green color. I dreamed for months about the wonders I had seen during those three hours. (Yes, I did tell the staff that I was in the trade and that I came to see what real jade looked like rather than the pale imitations I normally saw at trade shows. They gave freely of their time and also left me alone in the Jade Room for some time while they assisted clients who came and went during my time there.)

Some years later, I took my wife and daughter to San Francisco and on the second afternoon I took them to Gump's to see the magnificence I had spent so much time with, only to be devastated by the news that the Jade Room was no more.

Thank you Cheryl, for bringing those memories back to life. I shall probably resume dreaming of the Stone of Heaven for a while now, Before long though, I am sure to resume dreaming about beautiful diamonds...

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Arcadian

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Jadeite is not something I'm knowledgeable about so I was super excited when I saw this on facebook.
 
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