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Old Gold Green Jade Lao Yu Owl Bat Money Amulet, From Rural Guangxi, No Reserve For Sale
I'm quite aware of the risks of buying jade - on , in the USA, or anywhere in the world - let alone China. My wife is from the far-inland - off the tourist circuit - rural hamlet of Bai Ma ( White Horse ), near the Guangxi city of Liuzhou.. and she has educated me quite extensively. This amulet / pendant was purchased in Bai Ma, passed through Customs, it is now in the USA, and I'm offering it for absolute sale.. , .99 cents opening offer. You can offer without risk or hesitation. While I have not had this piece officially certified, I have tested it by attempting to scratch it with a Sears Craftsman Brand USA-made steel file. It did not scratch. And it willscratch glass. I can guarantee that at least Ithought it was worth the original purchase price.. and it is certainly worth 99 cents ! I'll be offering some LAO YU (old jade) pieces from my personal collection, over the next few weeks.. please take a look at my other sales. Please email with any questions. Thank you for your kind interest ! I'm including the following EXCELLENT article by Molly Kalafut.. on what to look for when you're thinking about buying JADE.. anywhere : ....Jade Collecting & Buying ....Fake & Genuine Jades ....By Molly Kalafut The first thing an amateur jade collector needs to know is that manymerchants have a tendency to call any green-looking stone "jade",when it may really just be serpentine, glass or even plastic. Sadly, anumber of names for minerals are very misleading because they usethe word "jade" but are not, in fact, either jadeite or nephrite.Following are some tips to help you decide if the jade you are lookingat is authentic. : Where to begin? As shown from many examples on my fake jadepage, there are hundreds of uneducated or dishonest merchantsselling fake jade or low quality jade. High quality jade is rare to find,valued highly and expensive. Use common sense! If you see a cheap"deal" from someone on selling supposedly fantastic, ancientjade for dirt cheap - you get what you pay for! It's probably notfantastic or ancient...if it even is jade at all.Aside from the fake jade issues, there is also the fact that low qualityjade (even if authentic) just isn't worth very much at all. To quote TheJade Trade: "Ancient jade of authentic quality is scarce, and themajority of the jade offered on from Chinese dealers is of such alow quality that even the Chinese do not want it (export quality to thewest). This low quality jade is not a sound investment nor will it everbe." China's National Antique Law: China enforces what is called the "National Antique Law". Antiquesdated to earlier than 1795 are absolutely forofferden. Items datedbetween 1796 and 1949 require a red seal and a "Relic Export"certificate from the Beijing Cultural Relics Bureau. Dealers withcollections outside of China of course aren't bound by this, but it'sdefinitely something to be aware of either while in China or buyingfrom dealer's on . Air Bubbles: True jade does not have trapped air bubbles in it (that occurs moreoften with plastic and glass) Certification: There are some credibility issues regarding any certificate about jade.One is that if a dishonest dealer is already lying to you about theirfake items, what's to stop them from giving you fake certifications forit? Some jeweler associations are said to be in collusion with the jadesellers and provide seemingly authentic certifications for the sellers.So don't be prepared to trust a certificate 100%. I've read that theGemological Institute of America (GIA) is a reputable organization forcertificates, but as with any certificate make sure to obtain it yourselfand beware of possible forgeries. Colors: Jade isn't always green! It comes as a surprise to many that jade canbe almost any color of the rainbow. Green is particularly valued, butin some places pure white jade can command a higher price. Cool: When first touched, jade should feel cool to the touch and take sometime to warm up to room temperature. If you press it to your upperlip, you can definitely noticed if the jade feels cool or roomtemperature. A website from Lumingta offers this suggestion: "Jade has theproperty of cooling very fast and remains in cool temperature. Hold apiece in your hand until you feel that the temperature of the piece isequal to your body's, then open your palm right away and put thejade aside. After about 25 seconds in regular room temperaturesurrounding, use the tip of tongue to feel the piece. If there is a verycool sensation, then it is most likely jade." Smooth: The texture of the jade piece you are handling should feel verysmooth. If you can detect bumps with your finger or fingernail it isprobably not jade. This can catch some of the fakes. If running yourfingernail also scratches the surface it is definitely not jade (readmore below). Tough, Tough, Tough! Jade is very tough. The "Moh's Scale" is used to rate the hardness ofstones. Diamond is 10, Jadeite is between 6-7 and a steel knife-bladeis only 5.5. A commonly used rough test for jade is seeing if you can scratch it. Ifyou can make scratch marks on it with your fingernails, it is not jade.If it scratches from a fingernail it is likely to be soapstone or anothercheap fake. (As a note, calcification on jade may scratch so avoidtesting on calcified areas.) In fact, you can even scratch at jade with a steel-knife and make noindentation. Usually only people well-versed in jade know this, so itcan help show that the merchant you're talking to is knowledgeable.Sometimes if you ask "Are you sure this is true jade?", a goodmerchant will pull out a knife and try to scratch it. That is trueprofessionalism - it proves they know the scratch-test (many don't!)and it also means they are willing to take the risk of damaging theirown goods to prove that it really is jade and wasn't accidentallymislabeled. Shouldn't Sparkle: If you manage to chip the edge and it looks sparkly or glitters, then itisn't jade. It should definitely be difficult to chip anyway. Shouldn't Fracture: Jade should not fracture into a moon-shape when struck. If a moonshapefracture shows up it is probably jasper or agate. If it fractureseasily that's definitely a clue it isn't true jade. Sound: When jade loosely collides against other jade, it makes a clear, almostmusical tone. It is more clear and higher-pitched than glass colliding,which can be an easy way to tell fakes. Sound can even be used inidentifying raw jade - a boulder is said to ring like a bell when struckwith a pick. Historically the lovely tone of jade bells were even usedceremonially to ward off evil. Weight & Density: It can take some time to develop this skill, but jade is so dense thatyou can sometimes detect true or fake jade from the weight. Jadeitein particular is very dense and heavy and has a firm weight to it thatis very different from many fakes like glass, plastic or soapstone.Sometimes a carving could be jadeite on the outside but filled withplastic on the inside, so pay close attention to the weight.Because jadeite is so dense, one way to test the stone is to put it in aheavy liquid to see if it floats or sinks. This is a rather difficult, messyand smelly test because the liquid is toxic. It is generally used byprofessionals to separate Grade A jade from Grade B jade. It's not atest used by people casually buying jade - not too many antiqueshoppers want to lug around a jug of poisonous liquid! Seller Large Shipping Costs: A fair number of frequent jade sellers on sell small low qualityjadeite carved necklaces for low prices...but high shipping cost, like$4-$10 per piece. Even if the piece sells for $0.01, they've made theirmoney on the fixed shipping price. Once upon a time on , if youbought multiple pieces from a dealer on you'd get free shippingon the additional items. No longer for most merchants! For example, I"won" 4 jadeite pendants from one merchant at $0.01 each, butincluding shipping the total was $18. That said, I buy a lot of cheapjadeite pieces from . Why? Because I think the carvings or thecolors are pretty. But I don't have any illusions that those pieces willappreciate to any particular value. Value Factors: Many factors influence the cost and value of jade, including;•Color ("Imperial Jade" & pure white jade and valued highest)•Clarity (or Translucency)•Texture & Smoothness•Cutting & Carving (meticulous vs. shoddy craftswork)
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Old Gold Green Jade Lao Yu Owl Bat Money Amulet, From Rural Guangxi, No Reserve: $79