i want to go to those jade markets to buy a piece of jade, but i’m not sure how to differentiate the real from the fake ones. does anyone know how to do it other than going to a jewelry store to ask ? thx

I’m a gemologist and I’ve collected jade for years now and I still have trouble sometimes! Telling nephrite and jadeite jade apart from other simulants is one of the trickiest skills to master and unfortunately, there is no way around it – you have to read as much as you can about it and learn through plenty of experience.

However, there are a few quick tests & observations you can conduct at home that might shed some light on what you have.

Hold the stone in your hand. Does it feel cool to touch? (You may have seen Chinese or Burmese people touch jade to their cheeks to test its coolness as a sign of authenticity.) Jade has excellent thermal conductivity and will remain cool to touch for a long time. If the material warms up too quickly, it could be another type of rock or perhaps, even glass!

Observe the texture of the material. If there is a fracture, the texture should be splintery and rough. If it shows fairly smooth flat surfaces and "faults" (cleavage planes), you may have another type of green stone. e.g. Amazonite. If it is conchoidal, it could be glass.

If it is polished, does it look like it has a "dimpled" skin? Can you see tiny veining on the surface? If it is translucent, does the material look slightly fibrous?

Does a steel blade leave a scratch mark on the material? If it does, it isn’t jade because jade is harder than steel.

You can read more of my answers on Jade here:
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=Agdz62GoNuh0_aSWUqXFifTty6IX?qid=20070206192148AA8tGRk&show=7#profile-info-1373fe661b0c23ee7a8d2983c4e03d23aa
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Hope that helps!

 

3 Responses to does anyone know how to differentiate real jade from fake?

  1. Peggy R says:

    If the color looks right and you touch and its cold. It’s probably real. If it doesn’t feel cold it may be plastic.
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  2. been there says:

    Fake jade looks and weighs much the same as real jade, however, real jade is an incredible conductor of heat; therefore, it feels cool to the touch.
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  3. leach says:

    I’m a gemologist and I’ve collected jade for years now and I still have trouble sometimes! Telling nephrite and jadeite jade apart from other simulants is one of the trickiest skills to master and unfortunately, there is no way around it – you have to read as much as you can about it and learn through plenty of experience.

    However, there are a few quick tests & observations you can conduct at home that might shed some light on what you have.

    Hold the stone in your hand. Does it feel cool to touch? (You may have seen Chinese or Burmese people touch jade to their cheeks to test its coolness as a sign of authenticity.) Jade has excellent thermal conductivity and will remain cool to touch for a long time. If the material warms up too quickly, it could be another type of rock or perhaps, even glass!

    Observe the texture of the material. If there is a fracture, the texture should be splintery and rough. If it shows fairly smooth flat surfaces and "faults" (cleavage planes), you may have another type of green stone. e.g. Amazonite. If it is conchoidal, it could be glass.

    If it is polished, does it look like it has a "dimpled" skin? Can you see tiny veining on the surface? If it is translucent, does the material look slightly fibrous?

    Does a steel blade leave a scratch mark on the material? If it does, it isn’t jade because jade is harder than steel.

    You can read more of my answers on Jade here:
    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=Agdz62GoNuh0_aSWUqXFifTty6IX?qid=20070206192148AA8tGRk&show=7#profile-info-1373fe661b0c23ee7a8d2983c4e03d23aa
    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=Aj38cvX.cqmZaRl_OkIgblHsy6IX?qid=20070504183558AA7xF13&show=7#profile-info-AA11372506
    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AsfhzLWozqLrp8WMEqjkeEPty6IX?qid=20070426041423AALOg8M&show=7#profile-info-AA11872867
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    Hope that helps!
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    I love Jade!

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