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I Am Back Again …


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It has been a long hiatus, but I am back.

I have been travelling a little bit and a lot of times being lost in the astral wildness, where I felt and experienced all things strange that were not of this world.

At least Dorothy, in the Wizard of Oz, knew that the Yellow Brick Road would lead her to the Wise Wizard to take her back to terra firma to her farm in Kansas.


But I am still trying to find my way to the Yellow Brick Road.

Meantime I have a number of posts to keep up.

With apology …



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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.


  1. Dear Arthur,
    I don’t have a reply, but a question. I hope it is OK to leave it here.
    I got interested in jade about a year ago.
    In the interest of making informed jewelry purchases, I’m trying to learn as much as I can.
    (I cannot afford gem-quality jadeite; I’m mostly looking at bangles in the $200-$300 range.)
    My question — actually several questions — concern polymer impregnation.
    Why is it done to jade? What are the benefits?
    Is it done to both jadeite and nephrite?
    Does it always accompany bleaching, or are some jewelry jades impregnated but not bleached? If so, why would that be?
    What effect does polymer impregnation have on price/value/color/durability?
    Hope I haven’t asked too many questions and that you have time to answer.
    I appreciate your website and all the good education you offer to people like me.

  2. Welcome back, Arthur!

    I have been a big fan of your site for years, and would like to thank you again for your timely and useful input about jade.

    You share so much, and it takes some time to digest your info., because each piece of jade is so individual, like a person.

    I wonder whether the supply of the various types of jades, especially fine Khotan and Burmese, will last many more generations.

    Again, thank you. It is GREAT to have you back from your journeys of all kinds.
    Monty Hall

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