Real jade is heavier than glass or resin pieces. Jade that breaks easily is not genuine, and even the softer nephrite does not shatter with ease. Broken jade should contain mineral-based particles instead of glassy shards, and fake Jade stones contain small air bubbles inside.Continue Reading
Dense forms of jade should also weigh more than the artificial variety. Jade in the form of Burma jadeite should have a heavy feeling in the palm of the hand. Since jade cools quickly at room temperature, holding the gem until it matches body heat and setting it down is a good way to test its authenticity. If the stone feels cold to the tip of the tongue after 25 seconds, the stone is real.
If the piece feels bumpy to the nail but the surface appears to be smooth, the stone is likely fake. Fake jade with a smooth surface is usually resin or glass. Real jade is also shiny in appearance, and clearer pieces have more value. Jade stones with an intense shade of green has the most value, but there are some jewelry designers who try to mimic the same deep color. A sound test can be conducted by lightly clinging two jade bracelets together. Genuine jade has a high-pitched sound that is pleasing to the ears, whereas artificial jade rings differently.Learn more about Precious Metals & Gems
To sell jade stones, get an expert appraisal, in writing, from a gem appraiser, jeweler, antiques dealer or auction house. Before setting a price, check the selling prices on online auctions, not the asking prices, and look for similar stones for sale by online antiques dealers and jewelers. Offer jade stones to collectors, jewelers, artists and resellers. Set up a booth at a weekend flea market or street fair, or sell the stones on an Internet auction site.Full Answer >
The monetary value of jade varies depending on several factors, but jade-adorned jewels can sell for prices between $1,000 and $100,000, and this precious gemstone can fetch prices of up to $3,000 per ounce. The monetary value of jade depends on the characteristics of the stone, such as color and quality, as well as availability and supply in various areas of the world.Full Answer >
Amber gemstones were formed by the fossilization of tree resin from the Pinus succinifera tree during the Tertiary period, 50 million years ago. Amber contains animal and plant inclusions, mostly mosquitoes and other insect species.Full Answer >
Rough diamonds resemble broken glass and are translucent. One can see into them but not completely through them typically. Diamonds feel as if they have an oily film. They have a metallic luster without having a solid dull look.Full Answer >