I need your professional advice on this piece. Is this Class B polymer jade? It does not look as good as the picture. How do they make the picture looks so good?
This item was listed on ebay and the winning bid was $180.00. I presumed you have bought it. I took the liberty to clip the picture from the link you gave me.
This jade carving is in the form of a Ling Zhi and the shape of a Ruyi. Ling Zhi is a traditional herbal plant that is purported to have aphrodisiac benefits as well as enhancing the health of a person. Ruyi is in the shape of two tablets with a bridge linking the two parts. In its simplest term Ruyi means “your wishes shall come true”. This is an auspicious symbol as it purportedly bring good luck and fortune to the recipient of such a carving. It was normally conferred to a Mandarin by the Imperial Emperor.
Big carvings are seldom impregnated with polymer as the process is quite complicated and it is not worth the effort. However, most big jade carvings are coated with wax to give it a glossy look.
As far as I know, most sellers who are selling items on ebay, seldom enhanced their pictures with software such as Photoshop. Buyers are bound to return the item if the specifications do not match. However, pictures taken with a suitable background can easily make the picture looks much better as in this case with a black background the contrast will make the jade looks much more glossier and sharper.
Hence, when buying on-line you have to be prepared that the picture is always better than the actual product.
Caveat Emptor – buyers beware!