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Can This Bangle Be Fake?


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I appreciate the education that you provide online and this helps me a lot to understand jade better. I send you an image of my bangle and this bangle was taken of a Chinese costume ornament and has been part of a collection since 1960’s until I purchased it. My questions are: Can it still be fake and what grade is it? 



Hi Pete

It may be difficult to ‘identify’ a Jadeite Jade bangle just by looking at a picture. However, the texture in the bangle somehow does not conform to the texture of Jadeite Jade material. The grains within the bangle seem to be too even, while Jadeite Jade texture is more granular. A very highly translucent or semi-transparent Jadeite Jade bangle may also have even texture but this picture does not fit into this category.

My opinion is that this is not a Jadeite Jade bangle.

I am not sure of what do you mean by taken of a Chinese costume ornament. If I understand it correctly if this bangle was part of a costume set, for example a Costume Set from an Opera Troupe, then it is more likely that this is a ‘fake’. The term fake is commonly used in lay language but in the context of gemology a fake item is an imitation, that is, the material or physical properties of the item is not the said mineral per se, but some other material like acyclic or glass.

By ‘grade’ I take it from you to mean whether this item is of high monetary value or whether this is a highly priced item or just the common garden variety. In the jade trade we use the term ‘Type’.

Type A Jadeite Jade is natural with no polymer impregnation or dye. Type B Jadeite Jade is impregnated with polymer or resins.

You have to be careful with the representation by a seller when buying a jade piece. Often a seller will glamorize his wares by injecting some myths and stories of provenance, perhaps a jade piece is a family heirloom which has been kept for many generations or that this is a burial jade. A large number of jade retailers or sellers are traders and they like to move their merchandise fast. Occasionally one may come across some really great family heirloom pieces but chances are quite slim.

So when purchasing some ‘traditional’, ‘old-mine cut’ or ‘antique’ jade, one has to cut off the white noise and listen to your inner instinct and learn all the lessons you can. This may not be orthodox but you will acquire experience as you go along the way, if it does not make too much of a dent in your pocket.

A street peddler once approached me in Beijing with a jade bangle, which was translucent with vivid green streaks. He swore that this bangle belonged to his uncle who was the last few remnant of eunuch from the Imperial Court. He named his asking price too fast and it was astronomical. I would not even want to touch it for fear that he dropped it on purpose and forcing the sale on me. Then two men came along and try to start some bidding war. I guessed that this was just a dog and pony show.

A street peddler would not by chance be landed with a highly prized jade bangle.

I just walked away.


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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.