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Is This A Genuine/Faked Bangle?


Dear Sir,

I recently bought a cloudy green jade bangle. This is my first time buying jade.

As I chose a different kind of green shade than the ones I found commonly in the shop, I am a bit confused regarding the genuineness.

The bangle was not overly expensive, but was not cheap either.

The bangle is cool to touch, heavy and as the shop assistant showed me, is translucent under a torch light.

I am sending the photos for your reference. I would be obliged if you can tell me whether it is genuine/fake.

Your website does have very valuable information. Thanks for finding time and patience to share the nicely written up contents.

It is quite helpful for naive people like me.

Many Thanks,


Hello Aswathy

You describe your jewelry as a jade bangle.  In the United States under the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) rules on gemstones and jewelry, if a seller describes his/her product as ‘Jade’ then it must be either Jadeite Jade or Nephrite Jade and no other material.  In recent years FTC also stipulates that a seller must disclose whether the jade has undergone any enhancements and if it has, the seller is obliged to disclose that the jade is a B-jade.

Jade Bangle

Based on the photos your jade bangle is most likely a Jadeite Jade bangle.  A Jadeite Jade bangle almost has ‘clouds’ within the stone.

Most jadeite jade bangles are genuine so to speak, that is, the jade cutter used jadeite jade mineral to cut a bangle.  However, in today’s jade market a buyer should be more wary of natural Jadeite Jade vs enhanced Jadeite Jade (that is jadeite jade which has been impregnated with polymers).  And the most commonly used terms (though not really accurate) of real jade refers to natural jade while fake refers to enhanced jade.

It would be impossible to determine whether a jadeite jade has been impregnated with polymer without testing the sample with an FTIR (Fourier Transform Infra-Red) equipment.

Please refer to my previous post, Jade Bangle, Hear Me Out, so that you can carry out this simple test.  It may not be 100% accurate as you may not be able to differentiate the sharpness of the pitch but you may be able to recognize the dull ‘thud’ sound as emitted by a polymer impregnated jade.

What then is the description of the product in your receipt?

If you have any further questions I will be happy to answer them.

Good luck Aswathy

A Arthur Lau

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I am a Graduate Gemologist trained at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) in New York City, USA. I hold an MBA degree from Cranfield University, United Kingdom, and a Bachelor degree in Mathematics. My earlier profession was a banker until I found jade in Myanmar (Burma) in the early 90s. I have traveled to the fabled Hpakan Jade mines, and Mogok, the world’s famous rubies and sapphires mines in upper Burma, with my second son. Three of my children are also Graduate Gemologist, GIA, NYC and they deal in diamonds, gemstones and jade. 我是在美国纽约市的美国宝石学院(GIA)接受过培训的宝石研究学家。 我拥有英国克兰菲尔德大学的工商管理硕士学位和数学学士学位。我以前的职业是银行家,直到90年代初我在缅甸接触到玉石。我曾经和我的次子一起去过缅甸上流传说中的哈帕翡翠矿山和莫谷矿山, 莫谷矿山是世界上著名的红宝石和蓝宝石矿山。我的三个孩子都是纽约市GIA毕业的宝石研究学家, 他们专门处理钻石,宝石和玉石.


  1. Hello Aswathy,
    Thank you for your email. I have put up a post for your further information on your jade bangle.

    Would be posted in a few days time.

    If you have any questions on jade, diamonds or gemstones, do send me an email and I will find some answers for you.

    Have a good day
    A Arthur Lau

  2. I have performed the ‘Jade Bangle, Hear Me Out’ test on my bangle and it does rings and is not a ‘thud’ kind of sound. My bangle was purchsed in Singapore, and the shop told me that it was natural Jadeite Jade from Myanmar. Thank you for your valuable analysis.

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