I Am Back Again …

April 3, 2016By

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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 Road would lead her to the Wise Wizard to take her back to terra firma to her farm in Kansas.


But I am still trying to find my way to the Yellow Brick Road.

Meantime I have a number of posts to keep up.

With apology …



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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. Elizabeth says:

    Dear Arthur,
    I don’t have a reply, but a question. I hope it is OK to leave it here.
    I got interested in jade about a year ago.
    In the interest of making informed jewelry purchases, I’m trying to learn as much as I can.
    (I cannot afford gem-quality jadeite; I’m mostly looking at bangles in the $200-$300 range.)
    My question — actually several questions — concern polymer impregnation.
    Why is it done to jade? What are the benefits?
    Is it done to both jadeite and nephrite?
    Does it always accompany bleaching, or are some jewelry jades impregnated but not bleached? If so, why would that be?
    What effect does polymer impregnation have on price/value/color/durability?
    Hope I haven’t asked too many questions and that you have time to answer.
    I appreciate your website and all the good education you offer to people like me.

  2. Arthur says:

    Hello Monty Hall, Thank you once again for your continuous support through all my posts and all these years. Cheers.

  3. Monty Hall says:

    Welcome back, Arthur!

    I have been a big fan of your site for years, and would like to thank you again for your timely and useful input about jade.

    You share so much, and it takes some time to digest your info., because each piece of jade is so individual, like a person.

    I wonder whether the supply of the various types of jades, especially fine Khotan and Burmese, will last many more generations.

    Again, thank you. It is GREAT to have you back from your journeys of all kinds.
    Monty Hall