Dye-Coated Jade Flower Buttons

February 28, 2015By
Jade Carving Button

Jade Carving Button

Hello  Arthur,

Yesterday, I bought a pair of jade earrings online, and expect to receive them in the mail in a few days. The earrings are made from flower-shaped buttons.

Just now, I re-read your article entitled, “11 Dye Coating of Jadeite Jade”, in which you say, “the coating can easily be seen as very minute particles of green sticking onto the jade. You may be able to see it with a 10X loupe”.

One of the flower-shaped buttons in the seller’s photos appears to have its green pigment concentrated in tiny spots, most clearly visible between 11 o’clock and 12 o’clock on the ‘face’ of the flower. More spots can be seen just below the central hole of the flower.

I have emailed you the close-up photo in question. Arthur, do these spots exemplify the “minute articles of green sticking onto the jade … (visible) with a 10X loupe”, which you mentioned in your article on dye-coated jade?

Looking forward to your reply, and many thanks for your time!



Hello Monty

My personal opinion on this jade flower button is that this is not dyed.

It is natural jadeite jade as the texture is quite clearly visible.

Normally for dyed button flower jadeite jade, light green color is the preferred color as that color is more appealing and refreshing.

The marks on the jade button are probably polishing marks. Pre-forming and cutting a jade button is quite an easy task. It is the polishing that really takes a lot of time. For this type of color it is most probably cut and polished by some back-yard cottage industry. The carving is quite crude and the ‘cutter’ would not spend too much time to do a fine polishing. I am sure you can observe a number of whitish spots on this jade button with a 10X loupe as a tell-tale sign that the surface is not well polished but an abraded surface is exposed.

This color is the common garden variety, we called it ‘dead green’ in the trade.

Anyway, I believe that you still possess a genuine Type A Jadeite Jade button.

And that is much better than a dyed jadeite jade.

Thank you Monty


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I am a Graduate Gemologist trained at GIA in New York. I hold an MBA from Cranfield University, United Kingdom and a Bachelor degree in Mathematics. My earlier profession was a banker until I found jade in Myanmar in the early 90s. I have traveled to the fabled Hpakan Jade mines and Mogok in upper Burma with my second son. Three of my children were also Graduate Gemologist, GIA and they are deal in diamonds.

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  1. Arthur says:

    Hello Monty

    You are a jade connoisseur. Yes, as long as you like the jade piece nothing matters. Your jadeite jade piece is Type A natural jadeite. No issues about that. Thank you for your comment. arthur

  2. Monty Hall says:

    Arthur, thank you for notifying me of your reply via email. Otherwise, I would not have checked the site because I know you love to travel like a nomad!

    The most important thing to me about jade is (1) do I like it, and (2) is it untreated. Everything else is ‘gravy’. Thank you for your insight into the spots and why they appear.


  3. Clayton Akatsuka says:

    Hi Arthur,
    I truly enjoyed reading your reply to Monty. I’ve been a fan of jade and a “minor” collector for a long time now. I read a preface that G. Godfrey had written years ago about having a jade piece to carry around your entire life – his was an antique yellow nephrite cat. Ever since I’ve been searching for my piece. I love nephrite – especially yellow. I would love to shop in HK shops and hope to do it soon. Any suggestions for my search?
    Thank you and aloha!