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Testing to destruction China $50.00 a pound jadeite

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« Reply #15 on: January 28, 2012, 06:22:13 am »

Hello Michael, in 2005 I bought 2 pieces of jadeite from a ebay supplier called jade and gem, this material was good but quite expensive, the difference was the entire ends where cut and polished to show the stones true color,  2 pieces cost me close to $300.00 around 200 grams total, nice green material, but this supplier no longer uses ebay and now I cant find him.
Last year I bought a piece of the same supplier as you did, very bad material, same thing, had little polished spots of green,  good material has green showing over the entire stone, the original pieces I purchased in 2005 did, obviously not imperial but still a good green, they also cook some of this material to enhance the color, the piece I bought last year  had a black burnt rind, that had charkol stuck to it. I love good quality jadeite but now it seems nearly impossible to obtain, the good material is not available to the average lapidary cutter, you need a multi million dollar bank balance to purchase this material.
One Scientist in the US is very good on Jadeite, George Harlow, he works for the American Museum of natural Histery, travels the world looking at Jadeite, he tested some of my Aussie nephrite for me,  he has an incredible knowledge on jadeite.

Cheers mick B
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