Oh, do feel free to post a picture here. I would love to see it. I have not bought any earrings from her yet. Thank you.I agree it's very tempting! Especially when for a few hundred you can have something ready to wear.
I bought a pair of bow earrings off her and I'm obsessed with them. For the price I have enjoyed them so much.
Oh, do feel free to post a picture here. I would love to see it. I have not bought any earrings from her yet. Thank you.
Regarding polymer, sometimes this will show with either long or short wave UV as a glow, but not always. In addition, some spots of fluorescence can show in natural jade. If a jade glows uniformly, this may be is an indicator of either dye or polymer, or both.
Yes, understanding differences in qualities takes a lot of subtlety. This is where the years of experience to understand jadeite comes into play. It is one of the most complex gems to understand.I agree, Bluegemz. If I was spending into the few thousands I would bargain.
It is so hard now to actually determine the price of jadeite. One bangle costs 10,000 usd, yet another similar looking one goes for 5000usd. And it is all online, so it is difficult to tell. The problem is I live in the UK, so jade here can also be priced outrageously in London. On top of that, I cannot even be confident of its grading.
Cool! Some flourescent spots have to do with trace minerals which have seeped in....regarding your son’s piece, you could do a specific gravity test, and that will tell you more. Many jade look alikes will be considerably different in the SG from the jadeite range of SG. A great way to practice gemology skills.I read your post in depth and the kid and I decided to play around today with my UV light. Nothing glowed in the jade items I bought but interestingly on one of my donut earrings there was a splotch about the size of a small mole that glowed bright red. I found it fascinating.
But I also shone the light on the kid's fake jade (no idea what it is) and that didn't glow either. I don't think it's treated jade though, just made from something else entirely.
Thank you @BluegemzOk, an American seller who frequently sells vintage/antique jadeite is https://www.hawaiijewelrybuyers.com/product-category/jade-jewelry/. Prices seem a bit high, ( often Western sellers sell jadeite for much more than sellers closer to the source in Asia.) negotiation may be in order. You can also try sellers like Ultimate jadeite. Though I’ve never purchased through her, many others have. Let Nadir know what you are looking for and she maybe willing to source it for you. You can also look at :
https://sg.carousell.com/search/products/?query=Lavender jadeite. This is a bunch of individual sellers, so negotiation and testing should be worked out, and always ask for a video and additional pictures. And always work out a refund agreement and a safe way to pay.
Another seller whom I and others here have purchased from is this lady....I purchased a ring from her. Though the GIA report stated that color origin cannot be determined, there was no polymer impregnation... ( as I mentioned, the GIA tester told me that this happens with 10% of the lavender jadeite which they test.) personally, I am confident that she is selling A grade jade. She has a guarantee and return and refund policy, and I was able to pay with PayPal. Perhaps additional testing could be arranged prior to purchase should you purchase from her. I believe she is a seller who works with a jadefactory, and can source items for you. https://jasminejadeite.com/. As with any gem, buyer beware. And, it is important to see and feel jade in order to best decide, though this is not always possible. There are other sellers... and I can keep an eye out if you tell me what you are looking for.
This is extremely common. Let me explain... jadeite is an agglomerate stone, requiring the pressure of plate tectonics, specifically subduction to form. It is made of many, individual crystals pressed together with silica in between them. The size of these crystals has a direct impact on the overall grain of the jadeite. They can range in size from microscopic to clearly eye visible, as described by coarse grain to fine grain. Pure jadeite is clear, but during the process of being pushed up again through the earth’s crust, colorant minerals seep in through stress cracks and stone lines, ( folds in the crystal matrix) often reaching some parts, but not others. This makes for uneven coloration. There is no way to visually tell if a jade has been dyed unless, for example, it’s an outrageous color for an inexpensive priCS, or very obvious dye lines. Microscope would be helpful but only to a point.
My usual jade vendor also says anything below 3.33 is probably treated. One other factor to consider is the lab... have heard that the China labs are not so reliable. So even if there is a cert from a Chinese lab, probably still best to send to a trusted lab to verify. Hong Kong lab is good though.
I’m so sorry that this happened. It’s best to believe that it was a blessing in disquise, otherwise one can be consumed with anger at such events.Ok, I have bought the bangles. Long story. I bought the bangles before asking on this website. Then the seller tried to post it but someone here, in the UK postal office stole it . The postal office response was so lame. And then they did not even call me back and I had to chase. I asked how to lodge complaint and their customer advisor told me she could not tell me how to lodge a complaint . After that, I managed to lodge a claim and complaint. That was when they admitted it but told me, well you get your refund. Like it didn't matter to them because their insurance would cover the theft.
So I asked vendor for another pair as replacement. Different colours and different types of course but same value. I could have gotten the refund but I did not. When it comes, I will post. And I will go to GCS Lab in Mayfair to get it tested. If not Grade A or spot treated, I will tell on this website, and I will name the seller so we can all avoid.
Specific gravity is 3.31 and 3.30 respectively. Let's see.
This post is so interesting. I have enjoyed reading it. Maybe the lost bangles were a blessing in disguise. This way, I got to learn a lot @Bluegemz
Here are some YouTube videos which are informative to gaining greater understanding about jadeite. This guy has a previous video which is even more informative imo...( see the second link)
A jade artist...( see the first link)
A look at first class jadeite pieces...just to see what they look like....
Wow @Bluegemz it's going to take awhile for me to absorb all this terrific info!Here’s another video which is interesting;