03-19-2010 11:39 AM
03-20-2010 09:56 AM
04-14-2010 12:09 AM
Agreed! The "Zip-Jade" is worth zip. There are a couple of good reliable HK jade vendors on eBay. Gojade comes to mind. They sell their jade at bargan (but no give-away) prices.
01-09-2012 09:59 AM
03-20-2012 05:56 AM
The two pieces I bought came clean dry and conformed to zipao standards. I am confused. Besides the oil residue is there a way to test for a false nephrite or clay mineral in these samples?
08-08-2013 01:20 PM
To take this further, there is little if any authentic jade available via eBay. The natural (undyed) stones which range in color from opaque to nearly transparent are varities of Jasper and Chalcedony --often Serpentine and Aventurine - but including onyx, sardonyx, quartzite and more. While there are an abundance of misleading fake names such as "New Jade", "Hetian Jade (the real thing will not be found on eBay, it will be in estate sales and museum quality rarities), "Sinkiang Jade (Serpentine)" and "Afghan Jade (white Quartz and pale Chalcedony)", none of them are Jade. This does NOT take away from the fact that many hand-carved pieces from China are exquisite and painstakingly hand-made; I take exception with the misconception that everything for sale from Chinese sellers is fake or sub-standard. On the contrary, much of it is very beautiful. China has a tradition of hand-carved stones that goes back 5,000 years, and many stone carvers are experts who spend days or weeks on a piece that eBay makes it possible to purchase very affordably.
The real question is whether you buy on eBay for the opportunity to purchase something beautiful and lasting, or if you are looking for a cheap opportunity to buy something more valuable than its sale or intrinsic price. There are excellent dealers in China who sell gorgeous hand-carved Serpentine, Chalcedony, Soapstone, Quartz and Jaspers: they are likely called Jade because most people respond to that name and the beautiful carved stone they see, the result of not being familiar with carved minerals and their names/classifications. In addition, sellers don't all have use a homogenous American English vocabulary, and may prefer to use the term "Jade" because it's widely recognized. The same thing is true of authentic Turquoise vs. dyed Howlite, "stabilized" (glued/resin-reinforced) Turquoise and Jasper ("African Turquoise") that people are misled into believing is "authentic" Turquoise.
08-08-2013 04:13 PM