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!
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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