I bought this jade from a Chinese old lady. Some friends said that this is an old jade. Some said it is some type of stone but they can’t tell what type of the stone.
I put the light from the back as you see from the picture. Please if you will be able to let me know what exactly this is.
Thank you very much.
In China, a number of stones are being called Jade. These may include Jadeite Jade, nephrite jade, chalcedony, serpentine, idocrase, Maw SitSit, microcline and other green variety of stones. It may perhaps be for want of a better term or perhaps calling a stone jade will add glamour and romance and helps the seller to push the sale of the merchandise.
So be aware that the term ‘Jade’ is used loosely.
Another commonly used Chinese term is Old Jade. It confers the meaning that a jade piece is of some ‘antique’ value, though it may be of an inferior quality. The term ‘Old Mine Cut’ is used widely and refers to jadeite jade pieces of very dark green.
In my personal opinion the piece of carving that you have is indeed Jadeite Jade, with russet red color tinges. However, the stone quality is quite inferior and you will treasure it more for its workmanship rather than the quality of the stone.