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.
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.
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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