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  • 5 The Northern Light In A Gemstone

    5 The Northern Light In A Gemstone

    An Aurora Borealis or the Northern Light is a natural light display in the sky, particularly in the polar regions and usually occuring at night, caused by the collision of charged particles directed by the Earth’s magnetic field. The optical phenomena of

    May 16, 2011 | 1 comment | View Post

  • 4 Chameleon, I Am

    4 Chameleon, I Am

    Another type of Phenomenal Gems is the Color-Change Gemstone. These are gemstones that display different colors according to changes in lighting condition, much as a Chameleon monitor lizard, which changes the color of its scale to camouflage itself against other

    February 18, 2011 | 0 comments | View Post

  • jade mines (more)

  • 2a From Yangon to Myitkyina

    2a From Yangon to Myitkyina

    The famous Hpakan jade mines are located at the Myitkyina District in the Kachin State in upper Burma about 600 miles from Yangon.  This small town is accessible by air and from Myitkyina it is about 68 miles by land

    January 24, 2011 | 4 comments | View Post

  • 1 Sources of Jadeite Jade

    1 Sources of Jadeite Jade

    The traditional and the oldest source of Jadeite Jade come from the Hpakan mines located at the Myitkyina District in the Kachin State in Northern Burma (Myanmar).  Hpakan is a jade mining town located about 108 miles from Myitkyina, where

    January 20, 2011 | 2 comments | View Post

  • jade carvings (more)

  • Is This Type B Jade Carving?

    Is This Type B Jade Carving?

    I need your professional advice on this piece. Is this Class B polymer jade?   It does not look as good as the picture. How do they make the picture looks so good? Janet Dear Janet This item was listed on

    May 25, 2012 | 5 comments | View Post

  • Are These Jade Carvings?

    Are These Jade Carvings?

    Dear Arthur, I stumbled upon your website when I was searching some information about jade. Now I am hooked. Love to read your every post. You are the truly expert in the field. I have a good friend who recently bought

    September 22, 2011 | 0 comments | View Post

  • legendary diamonds (more)

  • 7 World's Largest Vivid Yellow Diamond

    7 World’s Largest Vivid Yellow Diamond

    The 110-carat vivid yellow Cora Sun-Drop diamond is on loan to the Natural History Museum in London and the museum decided to promote it with a photo shoot with former model Jerry Hall.  The unusual gem, the largest vivid yellow

    March 11, 2011 | 2 comments | View Post

  • 6 The Moussaieff Red Diamond

    6 The Moussaieff Red Diamond

    The Moussaieff Red Diamond is perhaps one of the biggest red diamond as graded by the Gemological Institute of America, GIA as Fancy Red.  The trillion cut diamond weighs 5.11 carat. The Moussaieff Red is reported to have been found

    March 1, 2011 | 0 comments | View Post

  • diamonds (more)

  • 6 Diamond Misshapen Facets

    6 Diamond Misshapen Facets

    If you are buying some loose diamonds for your own personal setting, the quality will be assured if the diamonds are accompanied by a GIA Diamond Report or a GIA Diamond Dossier. However, for smaller stones which are not being

    February 20, 2011 | 0 comments | View Post

  • 5 The Ideal Cut Diamond

    5 The Ideal Cut Diamond

    In 1919 a young Russian mathematician, Marcel Tolkowsky, wrote a Master thesis, Diamond Design, on the proportions for Round Brilliant Cut diamond.  He systematically analyzed the optics of a diamond and estimated the best proportions for cutting round brilliant diamonds. This became

    February 10, 2011 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Other Recent Articles

  • Removing A Ring Stuck On A Finger

    Removing A Ring Stuck On A Finger

    How To Remove A Stuck Ring On Finger A ring stuck on a finger is quite a common problem. Jewelers sometime used a cutter with a sharp curved edge to cut it but the ring will be damaged. I have gone through a number of clips on YouTube on how to remove a ring stuck […]

    June 11, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Dye Green Quartz Bangle

    Dye Green Quartz Bangle

    Dear Arthur, Thank you for the great opportunity that you have provided online to help many to understand more about jade and other stones. Actually, I have a green bangle that has nice veins inside of it but when running my fingernail over the surface, I can feel cracks all over it. I decided to […]

    June 10, 2014 | 2 comments | View Post

  • A Set Of Jadeite And Diamond Jewellery

    A Set Of Jadeite And Diamond Jewellery

    A set of Jadeite Jade and Diamond jewellery sold on May 27, 2014 in Hong Kong at the Christie’s auction for HK$7,840,000 ( US$1,015,850). Comprising a ring, set with an oval jadeite cabochon of even vivid emerald green color and high translucency, to the pear-shaped diamond shoulders and brilliant-cut diamond surround; and a pair of matching […]

    June 9, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Magnificent Diamond Ear Pendants

    Magnificent Diamond Ear Pendants

    A magnificent pair of diamond ear pendants sold on May 27, 2014 in Hong Kong at the Christie’s auction for HK$75,160,000 (US$9,738,684) Each suspending a pear-shaped diamond weighing 25.49 and 25.31 carats, surmounted by a pear-shaped diamond weighing 2.45 and 2.33 carats, spaced by a brilliant-cut diamond weighing 0.73 and 0.65 carat, mounted in 18k […]

    June 8, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • 11b. Are You A Lefty Or A Righty?

    11b. Are You A Lefty Or A Righty?

    Further to this post, Three Suckers Are Born Every Second, the girl and the two boys were exuberant about their winnings, three big stuffed toys and an assortment of smaller toys, because they saw the opportunity that there were a lot of uncollected winning tokens in the children’s gaming machine. All they did were to […]

    June 2, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • A Superb Jadeite Jade Bangle

    A Superb Jadeite Jade Bangle

    Christie’s Hong Kong Magnificent Jewels sales on May 27, 2014. Price Sold: US$5,239,920 or HK$40,440,000 The semi-cylindrical jadeite bangle of brilliant emerald green colour and high translucency, inner diameter approximately 53.7 mm, width approximately 13.8 mm, thickness approximately 8.2 mm. Accompanied by report no. KJ85156 dated 11 April 2014 from Hong Kong Jade & Stone Laboratory […]

    May 29, 2014 | 1 comment | View Post

  • Valuation Of Jade Earrings

    Valuation Of Jade Earrings

    Dear Arthur Firstly, I would like to commend you on writing such an informative and entertaining blog. I have learnt a lot about gemology, in particular Jadeite, through your blog. I would like your advice on a pair of Jadeite earrings. Here are my questions: 1) From what I have learnt from your responses to […]

    May 27, 2014 | 1 comment | View Post

  • Stylish Short Haircuts with Earrings

    Stylish Short Haircuts with Earrings

    The short hairs leave a lot of earlobes exposed for earrings. From Audrey Hepburn, Twiggy to Anne Hathaway or Emma Watson, fashion muses styled updos in short hairs in a very distinctive expression, emphasizing their face lines and personality.  Lengths and Balance The pixie cut allows very bold designs such as drop earrings and hoops, especially […]

    May 23, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • THE DUCHESS'S ENGAGEMENT RING

    THE DUCHESS’S ENGAGEMENT RING

    How much is the Duchess’s Engagement Ring worth today? The Duchess of Cambridge’s engagement ring has been revalued at £300,000 ($506,550)—that’s more than 10 times the amount it was worth in 1981. The inherited ring, which features a 12-carat sapphire surrounded by 14 diamonds, was valued at £28,000 ($47,278) when it was given to Princess […]

    May 20, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • The Winston Blue Diamond

    The Winston Blue Diamond

    THE WINSTON BLUE offered on May 14th at Christie’s Magnificent Jewels sale achieved a stunning US$23,795,372  (World Record Price $1,799,953 per carat). The largest flawless Fancy Vivid blue diamond in the world, weighing 13.22 carats, was named THE WINSTON BLUE by Nayla Hayek, CEO of Harry Winston. “In January 2013 we purchased Harry Winston and […]

    May 19, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Emerald – The Supreme Green Gem

    Emerald – The Supreme Green Gem

    The timeless appeal of emerald can be summed up in three words written in the year 50 AD: “Nothing greens greener.” Roman historian Pliny the Elder was explaining the desire for the supreme green gem not only in Rome but throughout the ancient world. Cleopatra, Egypt’s tempestuous female monarch, was as famous for wearing emeralds […]

    May 18, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Assessing A Carved Bangle

    Assessing A Carved Bangle

    Dear Arthur I have just sent a message via your website. Found your articles really helpful and would be grateful for help in assessing the jade pieces I acquired. CY Hi CY From the pictures you sent, I think there are 2 bangles taken under varying lighting conditions. Carving bangles are quite popular with the […]

    May 17, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • 100 Ct Yellow Diamond Sold For $16 Million

    100 Ct Yellow Diamond Sold For $16 Million

    A gigantic yellow stone fetched $16.3 million at the Sotheby’s Auction on May 13 Magnificent Jewels sale in Geneva—in an auction that itself set a world record for an overall jewelry sale. The 100.9 ct. daffodil-yellow diamond ring, known as the Graff Vivid Yellow, shattered the previous record paid for a yellow diamond, set by […]

    May 16, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • 12. The Bronze Bell At The Shwedagon Pagoda

    12. The Bronze Bell At The Shwedagon Pagoda

      The Shwedagon Pagoda (Golden Pagoda) lies in the heart of the city of Yangon (Rangoon) in Myanmar (Burma) and dominates the skyline. With four relics of Buddha enshrined within, this is the most sacred Buddhist pagoda for the Burmese. If you are in Yangon you should visit this pagoda at least twice in a […]

    May 15, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • The JCK 2014 Jewelers’ Choice Awards

    The JCK 2014 Jewelers’ Choice Awards

    The following designs are some of the winners of the 2014 Jewelers’ Choice Awards which appeared in March 2014 issue of JCK magazine. These designs are exciting, trendy and beautiful. They are plucked from various jewelers. Each picture shows the designs, the vendor, price and the make of the jewelry.   The full slide show […]

    May 13, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Malaysia's Golden Age Of Jewelry

    Malaysia’s Golden Age Of Jewelry

    Intricate gems from Malaysia’s golden age of jewelry reveal cross road of cultures. A new book on the history of Straits Chinese culture reveals page after page of dazzling, intricate jewelry combining Malay, Chinese, Indian and European designs. These pieces bring together rich materials of far-flung origins: Swiss gold thread and German organza are spun […]

    May 13, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Is This Old Jade?

    Is This Old Jade?

    Dear Arthur I bought this jade from a Chinese old lady. Some friends said that this is an old jade. Some said it is some type of stone but they can’t tell what type of the stone. I put the light from the back as you see from the picture. Please if you will be […]

    May 12, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • 6. A Tribute To My Mother

    6. A Tribute To My Mother

    My mother is now 85. Her ambulatory movement is still good though weak, albeit walking around very slowly with the aid of a quad base walking stick as she is suffering from acute osteoporosis, causing a few of her thoracic and lumbar vertebrae in the spinal cord to fuse. She takes her daily medication dutifully […]

    May 11, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Is This An Authentic Pair Of Jadeite Earrings?

    Is This An Authentic Pair Of Jadeite Earrings?

      Hi Arthur I just bought this pair of earrings, it has not arrived yet, but my question is : Is this authentic natural Jadeite Jade? The reason I asked is the green strike in the right earring, is it odd that a darker strike appears as natural? Thank you Janet   Hi Janet From […]

    May 9, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • A $33 Million Faberge Golden Egg …

    A $33 Million Faberge Golden Egg …

      Scrap metal find turns out to be $33 million Faberge golden egg (CNN) – A $14,000 jumble sale find turned into millions of dollars for a man who’d been thwarted in his attempts to turn a quick profit by selling the tiny ornament to scrap metal dealers. The man, who hails from the Midwest but […]

    May 8, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • 11a. Three Suckers Are Born Every Second

    11a. Three Suckers Are Born Every Second

    Our family was on vacation at Las Vegas for a couple of days back in the mid-90s. Much as Las Vegas is the so-called Sin City or City of Dreams, where gambling and gaming are the main business, there are numerous entertainment centers for children. Pop and Mum can try their luck at the tables […]

    May 3, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • What Is The Weight Of My Jade?

    What Is The Weight Of My Jade?

    Hope all is well with you and your family! I have a jadeite pendant in my collection and it’s about 21mms. Can you help me to determine how many carats it is and what do you think of the stone concerning its authenticity? I appreciate your help in this matter. Thank you so much! Sarah […]

    May 2, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • 10. Field-Stripping A Gun

    10. Field-Stripping A Gun

    So it’s good to reminisce on the past and the way the kids were brought up. Now they have grown taller, wiser and into all sorts of adventures and risks taking in business and in their personal lives. And here I am, writing some old history and reminding them their childhood through FB or through […]

    April 28, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Can This Bangle Be Fake?

    Can This Bangle Be Fake?

    I appreciate the education that you provide online and this helps me a lot to understand jade better. I send you an image of my bangle and this bangle was taken of a Chinese costume ornament and has been part of a collection since 1960′s until I purchased it. My questions are: Can it still […]

    April 25, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • World’s Largest Flawless Vivid Blue Diamond May Fetch $25 Million

    World’s Largest Flawless Vivid Blue Diamond May Fetch $25 Million

    A 13.22-carat blue diamond is the lead item at Christie’s Geneva Magnificent Jewels sale on May 14, 2014. Known as “The Blue,” the auction house says it is the largest flawless vivid blue diamond in the world. It has a pre-auction estimate of $21 to $25 million. Another highlight of the 250-lot auction at the Four Seasons […]

    April 24, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • 2 A Hong Kong Certificate of Jade Identification

    2 A Hong Kong Certificate of Jade Identification

    The above Certificate of Jade Identification is done by the Hong Kong Jade & Stone Laboratory on one of the floral jade that I sent in previously. HKJSL is a reputable and independent jade and gemstones laboratory and I often send jade for their identification. They are very professional and their certificates issued are accepted […]

    April 23, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • 1 As a Jeweler it will come back to Haunt you …

    1 As a Jeweler it will come back to Haunt you …

    As a jeweler, if one sells a fake, it will come back to haunt that person, perhaps years later when one least expect it. Or if a person is a qualified gemologist and is running a gem lab performing such services as identification of diamonds, colored stones or jade and the issuances of certificates and […]

    April 21, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Jadeite Jade Necklace Sold For US$27.4 Million

    Jadeite Jade Necklace Sold For US$27.4 Million

        The Hutton-Mdivani necklace, which once belonged to Barbara Hutton, was sold for HK214.04 million or approximately US$27.4 million at the Sotheby’s auction on April 7, 2014, setting the world auction record for any jadeite jewellery. A Cartier jadeite bead, ruby and diamond necklace once owned by Woolworth heiress Barbara Hutton (1912 – 1979) […]

    April 20, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • I am back ....

    I am back ….

    a I am back …… Look out for posts coming …… Arthur

    April 19, 2014 | 0 comments | View Post

  • 9. The Boys’ Piano Lessons

    9. The Boys’ Piano Lessons

      My Excellency does have broad and sturdy shoulders to carry the weight of raising the 3 kids, though she is small of stature, if not how do I expect her to educate the kids when they came within 3 1/2 years to a day of each other. Apart from their normal school work and […]

    October 15, 2012 | 0 comments | View Post

  • Counterfeit Gold Bars

    Counterfeit Gold Bars

    For those who intend to buy gold, here is something to consider: Density of gold is 19.30 g/cm3; density of tungsten is 19.25 g/cm3. ************* The article below is from FoxNews.com published on September 19, 2012 Fool’s gold: Counterfeit bars turn up in New York A jeweler in Manhattan’s Diamond District learned the hard way […]

    October 13, 2012 | 1 comment | View Post

  • 7b. The Tunnels of Cu Chi

    7b. The Tunnels of Cu Chi

      Oops! I am supposed to write the second part of this post, “Teaching Them Kids To Read,” but I was busy on other things and was away. I had been trying my level best to inculcate the kids with a reading habit but to no avail.  Cal, my second son, was 12 years then […]

    October 11, 2012 | 4 comments | View Post

  • 10. What To Do With Broken Jade Bangle

    10. What To Do With Broken Jade Bangle

    Further to this post, Broken Jade Bangle, where a reader enquired on the use of a link-bracelet to join up the parts of a bangle, I have received numerous emails pertaining to the said post.   Jade bangles that are broken into 2 or more pieces are quite common.  One does not have to keep […]

    July 19, 2012 | 0 comments | View Post

  • 8c. Hey Boy, I Love Your Attitude!

    8c. Hey Boy, I Love Your Attitude!

      This is the 3rd and the final series of the episodes of the motor vehicles accidents by my two sons.  You can read the 2 earlier series here: 8a. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder 8b. Don’t Ask Permission Ask Forgiveness. When Cal (second son) left for New York City to do his bachelor degree at […]

    July 14, 2012 | 1 comment | View Post

  • Jewelry Trending With Rutilated Quartz

    Jewelry Trending With Rutilated Quartz

    The stone known for its golden to reddish-brown to grey-colored needles locked inside colorless quartz is poised for popularity thanks to a convergence of ideas from couturiers and jewelry designers. While yellow gold accessories were prevalent on spring runways, ornate, golden embroidery was widespread on catwalks for fall. And in jewelry, sunny-colored stones like yellow diamonds, beryl, […]

    July 12, 2012 | 0 comments | View Post