I have a piece of blue cabbage jade from my parent, and I have been wondering what’s the age of the jade and whether do you consider this a piece of good grade jade?
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Congratulations to you Alex!
You have in possession of your hand a jadeite jade piece which was formed, perhaps, more than 550 million years ago. (Citing some geological papers which I have read) That is, you are the proud owner of a piece of antique from Mother Nature.
Anyway, for jade lovers and collectors, we are not concerned about the age of the jade as jade or gemstones are formed millions of years ago. However, provenance becomes important when a jade piece was once in the possession of some legendary Empress of the Imperial court of China or some rich and famous female icons of later times.
Jadeite Jade pieces once owned by Empress Dowager Cixi of the Qing Dynasty of Imperial China are very rare treasures much coveted by collectors. Firstly, these jade pieces are of magnificent quality with very fine grain and texture, vivid and intense in color hue, saturation and tone and are of superb transparency. Secondly, these pieces are valued for its historical importance.
Another great jadeite jade piece is the Mdivani Necklace of 27 pieces of graduated highly saturated green beads once owned by Barbara Hutton and has been auctioned by Sotheby on a few occasions, each time a higher and unprecedented auctioned sale price was achieved on the block.
Your piece of bluish cabbage jade is definitely of jadeite jade material. Quality wise, this piece is of medium grade. However, the greatest value of this jade piece is that it belongs to your parents and now you inherit it. To the Chinese, an inheritance of jade from our parents is of extreme significance as it signifies that they are giving you a highly prized possession.
Keep the jade piece, Alex. Hold it dear to your heart, love it, caress and fondle it as much as you can and good fortune will come your way throughout your life.
Believe me, Alex, this is an excellent piece, as much as it is personal to you. And when you have become your age, hand it down to your son or daughter, never to leave the possession of your family as it should be perpetuated as a family heirloom. Even to a daughter, it is the jade piece with a tie that binds her back to her maternal family.
Good luck, Alex
Photo credit : sothebys.com, pix of Empress Cixi extracted from an old magazine, apology as cannot remember the publication