Jadeite Jade

Jade Fractures

Jade Fractures

March 8, 2015By 2 Comments

Dear Arthur Does a Jadeite Gemological Institute or Lab put in their gems report if they find cracks on a gemstone or jade? The reason I asked is because recently at Jade shop, I intended to buy a Jadeite (Type A) “Guan Yin” carving figurine. Upon checking I found a crack from the base of […]

A Set Of Jadeite And Diamond Jewellery

A Set Of Jadeite And Diamond Jewellery

June 9, 2014By 0 Comments

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 […]

Imperial Jadeite Jade (Green) Ring

Imperial Jadeite Jade (Green) Ring

June 23, 2012By 6 Comments

Hi Arthur, I would like to ask you about Imperial (Green) Jadeite Jade Type “A” and also the jade ring I purchased as shown in the picture. I was told by the sale-person where I bought this Jadeite Jade Type “A” ring that Imperial (Green) Jadeite Jade Type “A” is rare and of the highest […]

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Jade Pendant – Dull & Dead! 玉垂饰是如此的没有光泽

Jade Pendant – Dull & Dead! 玉垂饰是如此的没有光泽

May 15, 2017By 1 Comment

My Jade Pendant Is Dull & Dead! 我的玉垂饰是如此的没有光泽 Abstract: Why is my jade pendant looks so dull and dead after wearing it for several years, while at the beginning it was so much nicer and vibrant? Is it still effective to wear the jade pendant for its protective and therapeutic qualities? 摘要:为什么我的玉垂饰在穿过了几年后看起来很沉闷和没有光泽,而开始时时候呢是如此的鲜艳又闪闪发光? 关于戴玉垂饰拥有的防护和治疗的性质它是否仍然有效? Hi Arthur, […]

A Pendant Necklace With A Colored Stone

A Pendant Necklace With A Colored Stone

April 28, 2017By 0 Comments

A Pendant Necklace With A Colored Stone 吊坠项链与彩色的宝石头 Abstract: An elderly lady sent me an enquiry on her pendant necklace with a colored stone mounted. Unfortunately, the colored stone is not a jadeite jade. 摘要 : 一位老太太给我发了一个询问, 问她的吊坠项链与一个彩色的宝石 头安装。不幸的是,那块有色石头并不是翡翠玉石. Dear Arthur Your stories and your information about jadeite are all so interesting and so enjoyable. […]

terms and conditions A Arthur Lau

terms and conditions A Arthur Lau

April 17, 2017By 0 Comments

Ask A.Arthur Lau: Terms & Conditions By sending an enquiry to Arthur (herein known as the Author) to this website, to request an opinion on a specimen item, the reader (herein known as the Enquirer) understands and abides by the following Terms & Conditions. The Enquirer must be a subscriber; The Enquirer must send through […]

Personal Reflections

The Last of the Few Meals …最后的那几餐…

The Last of the Few Meals …最后的那几餐…

July 14, 2017By 0 Comments

The Last of the Few Meals …最后的那几餐… Brief: Today is the first anniversary of the demise of my father.  So I thought it is appropriate that I re-post this article on the first anniversary of his death. Our family will always remember him as a great and loving husband and father. May his soul rest […]

They are our customers! 他们其实是我们的客户啊!

They are our customers! 他们其实是我们的客户啊!

May 5, 2017By 5 Comments

 They are our customers, not competitors! 他们其实是我们的客户,不是我们的竞争对手啊! Abstract: By the time they finished high school at age 17 or 18, I sent my 3 children to the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), New York City (NYC), to do their Graduate Gemologist (GG). And they have a keener nose for business than me. Probably, an old […]

My Mother On The Smart Phone!

My Mother On The Smart Phone!

April 24, 2017By 6 Comments

My Mother On The Smart Phone! 我的母亲正在使用智能手机! Abstract: My mother is going to be 89 in May this year. My son bought her a Samsung Tap A smart phone with a 7” screen. With her new toy, she has been busy now watching old movies, on YouTube, Wechat, Whatsapp and on the family group chat. […]

Gemology

5 Electromagnetic Spectrum

5 Electromagnetic Spectrum

July 12, 2011By 0 Comments

Here is a short introduction in layman’s terms on what is an Electromagnetic Spectrum.  A simple knowledge of this is important in the study of gemstones and gemology. The electromagnetic spectrum is the range of all possible frequencies of electromagnetic radiation.  Hence, the “Electromagnetic Spectrum” of an object is the characteristic distribution of electromagnetic radiation emitted or absorbed […]

5 The Deep Carbon Observatory

5 The Deep Carbon Observatory

March 27, 2011By 0 Comments

The Deep Carbon Observatory A project to reveal more about all the carbon on Earth THE carbon cycle is the stuff of school books. It is a familiar tale of photosynthesis, forests, farming and fossils fuels. Understanding this cycle is important, both because it sustains life on Earth and because it is bound up with […]

4 Toughness of a Gemstone

4 Toughness of a Gemstone

January 19, 2011By 0 Comments

Usually when gemstones are defined as durable, they include two distinct traits, hardness and toughness.  These terms are not the same and people are often confused between these two. A mineral’s hardness is its ability to resist scratches or abrasions, and hardness is defined on the Moh’s Hardness Scale from 1 to 10, where diamond […]

Diamonds

Diamonds Under the Scope

Diamonds Under the Scope

May 30, 2016By 0 Comments

Diamond Inclusions: Diamonds are formed deep under the earth’s surface for millions of years under extreme heat and pressure. Naturally, this give rise to a number of imperfections inside a diamond, which are called inclusions, as well as on its surface, which are called blemishes. When viewed under a 60X or a 120X microscope, the […]

Magnificent Diamond Ear Pendants

Magnificent Diamond Ear Pendants

June 8, 2014By 0 Comments

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 […]

Imperial Cushion Golconda Diamonds

Imperial Cushion Golconda Diamonds

June 7, 2012By 2 Comments

Christie’s Hong Kong sale of Magnificent Jewels on May 31, 2012 was 80 percent sold by lot and achieved a total of $89,403,200(HKD 695,744,750). The top lot, the Imperial Cushions, was a pair of cushion-shaped, 24.49-carat and 23.11-carat, D, potentially internally flawless Golconda diamond ear pendants that sold for $9,295,690 to an anonymous buyer. Vickie […]

Anecdotes & Tales

Call Alphabets for Seniors

Call Alphabets for Seniors

May 22, 2016By 2 Comments

For Seniors Only: New call alphabet soup for seniors, maybe some may be applicable for juniors too. May God bless us all!   Subsequent to my previous post on “A for Alpha”, I received an interesting email from an old friend of mine. He mentioned that for seniors, meaning those above 50s, the new call […]

The Oath – An Old Sufi Tale

The Oath – An Old Sufi Tale

June 24, 2012By 2 Comments

A man who was troubled in mind and finances swore that if his problems were solved he would sell his house and donate all the money gained from it to the poor. When his problems were solved, he knew that the time had come that he must redeem his oath.  But he did not want […]

1 The Inheritance of 17 Camels

1 The Inheritance of 17 Camels

June 22, 2011By 4 Comments

Most of us may have heard about the tale of the inheritance of 17 camels that originated in Arabia during the zenith of the Golden Era of Islam from circa 750 CE and was first narrated by Hasrat Ali, the son-in-law of Prophet Mohammad (PUHN).  This timeless story has been told through the ages by […]

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先生,这美钞没有用 !

April 23, 2017By 0 Comments
先生,这美钞没有用 !

The following post is a Chinese translation from “Sir! Dis’ Dollah No Good” by popular demand. 摘要 : 在我20多年中的印度支那国家旅行中 (越南, 柬埔寨,老挝, 缅甸和泰国 ), 我遇到过许多假美钞的例子. 除泰国外, 外国人在这些国家中最常用的货币是绿钞 (美元 ) 。以下文章是我遇到过的其中一个遭遇 几年前我和喀爾文,我的第二个儿子,我们去了一趟在曼德勒 (缅甸 )以北闻名的「抹谷石头道」的六日五夜旅行. 抹谷生产世界上最好和最有价值的红宝石,而在贸易上,它被称为「鸽子血宝石」. 当时喀爾文刚刚毕业于美国纽约市的美国宝石研究所(GIA), 成为宝石研究学家,当年他只有18岁 当时, 我告诉他, 千万不要成为一个死板的「办公桌扶手椅」宝石学家. 你必须经过烈火的洗礼– 亲自体验过宝石场地和矿山, 让您了解和体验上游采矿作业和活动. 因此,加尔文会经常陪我去曼德勒和仰光的玉矿,红宝石矿和各种玉石市场。与加尔文一起旅行很有趣. 他从来没有抱怨过当时艰难的旅程,长时间在狭窄的吉普车上的路程,睡在一个糟糕的, 没有热水洗澡的酒店,充满臭味的房间和那腐臭的床单. 那边常见的蚊子叮咬和飞蚂蚁, 非常炎热和潮湿的天气….因为电力供应不稳定,即使有发电机, 破损的冷气机还是不断的坏.或当那边的食物不那么适合我们,因为害怕腹泻我们只好吃面条当饭吃。 无论如何,这也是一个极好的抹谷之旅。 第二天我们回到曼德勒睡了一晚, 第二天飞回仰光。 那天晚间,我们在曼德勒繁忙的街道之一我们最喜欢的西餐厅吃晚餐. 我们一共四个人,其中包括和我在一起工作多年的两位女士。 我的天哪 ! 饭后,我才意识到我已经用完了我所有的Kyats, […]

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Sir, Dis’ Dollah No Good!

April 20, 2017By 4 Comments
Sir, Dis’ Dollah No Good!

Abstract: In my 20 over years of travel throughout the Indo-China countries (Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos), Myanmar (Burma) and Thailand I have encountered many instances of counterfeit US dollars. Except for Thailand, the most used currency by a foreigner in these countries is the green back. The following post is one of my various encounters. […]

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The Last of the Few Meals …

August 21, 2016By 1 Comment
The Last of the Few Meals …

The Last of the Few Meals … Brief: My father at 94. I have heard … A jester once annoyed the King with an inappropriate joke in the medieval court. To vent his displeasure, he sentenced the jester to death. Immediately when his words left his mouth, the King regretted it. The jester was his […]

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To Be Selfish Is To Be Ugly

July 3, 2016By 4 Comments
To Be Selfish Is To Be Ugly

Brief: A couple of months ago, I visited the Lotus Hill in Guangzhou, China. As I was traveling alone, I need to take some good pictures of this scenic spot. And I chanced upon a woman maintenance worker at the park. She handled with ease my Canon DSLR EOS 500D camera as well as my […]

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Eat All Those Damned Lemons!

June 14, 2016By 5 Comments
Eat All Those Damned Lemons!

Eat All Those Damned Lemons! Question: It has often being said that when life hands you a lemon, then make a lemonade out of it. This oft-mentioned phrase is used to encourage optimism and faith when one is faced with adversity, hardship, disappointment and setbacks and to maintain a calm composure and positive attitude towards […]

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Good Luck Charms

May 12, 2016By 0 Comments
Good Luck Charms

May 12, 2016 Wishing for good luck probably started with the arrival of our species. For millennia, we’ve been wooing the kinder fates to grant us our most cherished wishes. Our quest for ensuring a happy tomorrow has included wearing good luck charms. Gems have long been enlisted as good luck charms because they have […]

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A Divorced Sale Jade Pendant

May 10, 2016By 4 Comments
A Divorced Sale Jade Pendant

May 10, 2016 Hi Arthur, Thank you so much for taking the time to respond. If you have the time would you be able to take a look at this piece and verify if it is real jadeite? It came together with the other piece that was a lemon. They were purchased for only $50 […]

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Rare Blue Diamond Sold

April 24, 2016By 0 Comments
Rare Blue Diamond Sold

Posted: April 24, 2016 A rare blue diamond has gone up for sale and smashed auction records in Asia. The 10.10 carat rock, named the De Beers Millennium Jewel 4, is the largest oval-shaped, fancy vivid blue diamond to ever appear at auction world. The ‘De Beers Millennium Jewel 4’ went on auction as part […]

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