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Warning new purple "jade" from Bolivia

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« on: February 15, 2016, 11:52:11 am »

This appeared on eBay and I bought a piece.

Cuts like butter in my trim saw so I checked hardness.
It is scratched easily by lapis. And it won't scratch lapis.
Therefore hardness estimated at 4-5 MOHs max.
Specific gravity was 2.93.

eBay seller claimed the rock was sold to them as jade.

Then I got an email from the supplier of the eBay seller. Their claim:
"it is a combination of nephite, lizardite and fluorite."

So they believe it is OK for them to call it jade.



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« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2016, 01:08:09 pm »

Thanks.
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« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2016, 08:07:03 am »

People will say anything to make a sale!
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« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2016, 10:06:50 am »

Hope you can do something with it. Thanks for the heads-up.
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« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2016, 11:14:11 pm »

interesting, looks like fluorite rich rock is the best description. Fluorite with nephrite/lizzardite is an unlikely combination.
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