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 […]

Ask Arthur

A Divorced Sale Jade Pendant

A Divorced Sale Jade Pendant

May 10, 2016By 4 Comments

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 […]

It is not a 19th century pendant!

It is not a 19th century pendant!

April 5, 2016By 0 Comments

Hi Arthur, I have the pictures of my pendant here. I was hoping you would be able to help me to look at it to see if the piece is in fact an antique from the 19th century and maybe also provide a price estimate for the handiwork and jade quality. Thanks!  Casey Hi Casey […]

A Lucky Strike of a Bangle

A Lucky Strike of a Bangle

February 4, 2016By 2 Comments

Dear Arthur, I was in a thrift shop recently and I saw this beautiful jade bangle. Can you tell from the pictures if it is natural untreated Type A jade?   Do you think it is a steal for 40 US dollars? I would appreciate your opinion/insight on this very much. Thank you in advance!  […]

Personal Reflections

The Last of the Few Meals …

The Last of the Few Meals …

August 21, 2016By 1 Comment

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 […]

To Be Selfish Is To Be Ugly

To Be Selfish Is To Be Ugly

July 3, 2016By 4 Comments

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 […]

Eat All Those Damned Lemons!

Eat All Those Damned Lemons!

June 14, 2016By 5 Comments

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 […]

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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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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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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I Am Back Again …

April 3, 2016By 2 Comments
I Am Back Again …

It has been a long hiatus, but I am back. I have been travelling a little bit and a lot of times being lost in the astral wildness, where I felt and experienced all things strange that were not of this world. At least Dorothy, in the Wizard of Oz, knew that the Yellow Brick […]

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