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My Broken Jade Bangle

One of my clients showed me this broken bangle.  It was broken into 3 pieces and she did not know what to do with it.

An examination of the bangle and an FTIR scan showed that the bangle is Type A Natural Jadeite Jade.  Notice that the small patches of green were ingrained quite deep into the interior of the bangle.  Normally for Type B Jadeite Jade, if the color of the Jadeite Jade bangle is artificially enhanced, that is, polymer being impregnated into the jade piece, the penetration of the color dye will only be about a few microns from the surface.

The 3 broken pieces can be re-cut and you can set a suite of jewelry as shown in the pictures, which I have done for a closed friend of mine. Re-cutting the jade pieces will not cost you too much as the task is quite simple.  The raw edges will be repolished to give it a good luster.

So if you have a broken bangle, you can re-make it into a suite of jade jewelry.

A Jade Necklace set with K20 Gold Chain

A Jade Ring Set On 20K Gold

A Pair of Jade Earrings Set On 20K Gold




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About the Author: A.Arthur Lau, Gemologist. Spent 20 over years abroad traveling and working in third world Asean countries as well as in Hong Kong, China, London and New York City. Greatest passion for jadeite jade. Being to the famous Hpakan Jade Mines and the Mogok Ruby Mines in Upper Myanmar (Burma). Professional qualifications include Graduate Gemologist (GIA, New York City), MBA (Cranfield University, England) and B.Sc (Hons).

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  1. A.Arthur Lau says:

    Hi Viet Walin

    Yes, in fact most of the time a gold cuff link is made in between a holorith (meaning whole ring band of the same mineral) to hide a crack or to mend a broken bangle. Bangles are always sentimental to the wearer when it is being inherited or being worn for a long time. Hence, when it is broken they would not mind to ‘link’ it back using a gold medium.

    since you brought up this important issue, I will write about a broken bangle and what it means.

    Thank you for your support Viet Walin

  2. Viet Walin says:

    Hi Arthur,

    On the market today I see a column shaped jade pendant, or ‘hinged’ jade bangle (2 sections), or even a bangle all round without a clasp with 3 or 4 gold caps on. do they purposely make a 2 section jade bangles to satisfy those who want to have something easy to put on and off without worrying about erhem…weight gain(!?) ?? Some people are certain that a 14k hinged jade bangle is after all a broken piece at some point, either from processing the slab, or wear, and would never be considered as valuable as a whole bangle. What do you think about such comments?

    Best,

    Viet Walin

  3. A.Arthur Lau says:

    Hi Stella, thank you for your comment. Look out for more ideas on my website for jade. Have a good day.

  4. Stella Candice says:

    Hi Arthur, thank you for the idea. I have a broken bangle too and I don’t know what to do with it.