How can you tell fake from real jade?

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There are a lot of fake(treated jade) on the market, and a lot of jade lovers like you have treated jade without knowing that they are treated jade. So how do you tell if your jade is fake or real? Here are some basic tests that you can perform to determine whether your stone is the real deal.

 

#1: Understand what makes jade "fake jade"

#2: How to tell if there has been treatments done to your jade.

#3: Test #1: Look at the color and value

#4: Understanding color in coordination with value

#5: Test #2: The real jade is cold and dense to the touch

#6: Test #3: The ping test

#7: Test #4: Scratch test.

 

Before we get to the tests, it is important to know what does fake jade mean. Jade is a metamorphic rock that can be found in a variety of colors, including green, white, and lavender. It is typically used for carving because it is very tough and has a beautiful luster. However, not all jade on the market is real. fake jade is often made from other materials such as glass or plastic and then dyed to imitate the real thing. Sometimes, even natural stones such as serpentine or quartzite can be treated to look like jade. And jade that is treated, is only a fraction of the value of its natural counter part. The treatments that these jadeite jade pieces goes through is full of harmful chemicals. Chemicals such as strong acids. The pieces are soaked in the acids and then heated for days. A lot of customers do not like treated jade for that reason. Especially jade jewelry that are usually worn right against the body. It's not a good thing to have. So how can we tell the difference?

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There are a number of ways to tell if your jade has been treated. One way is to look at the color. If the color is uniform throughout the stone, it is likely that the stone has been dyed. Another way to tell if your jade has been treated is to look at the value. Because the value of jade goes up as there are more colors in the jade piece. If the value is too good to be true, it probably is. Fake jade's value is usually a fraction of the price of real jade. Treated jade has very little to no value.

 

The first test you can do to see if your jade is real is the color test. Take a close look at the color of the stone. If the color is uniform throughout, it is likely that the stone has been dyed. Real jade should have a natural looking color with some variation in shade. And usually included with natural inclusions. Take a close look at the price of the stone.

Colors of fake vs real jade 

Color is one of the most important factors in determining the value of jade. The most valuable colors are green, white, and lavender. The more intense the color, the more valuable the stone. Jade that has been dyed or treated is usually a uniform color with little variation.

Natural jade should have a natural looking color with some variation in shade. If the price is too good to be true, it probably is. Because the more color a piece of jade has the more expensive they are. Fake jade is often sold at a fraction of the price of real jade counterpart and they are worth little to no value. Such as those jade bangle that are sold at your local gift shop for couple hundred dollars and they are really green, (almost neon green or lavender). It's usually treated jade, and they are not what you want for reason stated above.

 

The second test you can do to see if your jade is real is the touch test.

Real jade should be cold and dense to the touch. If the stone feels light, it is likely that it is fake or some other type of stone. 

The third test you can do is the touch test.

Take the stone in your hand and see how it feels. Real jade should be cold to the touch and have a dense, solid feel. Fake jade is often made from materials such as glass or plastic which are not as dense as real jade. If the stone feels light or hollow, it is likely that it is fake.

The fourth test is the hardness test.

Take a needle or a sharp metal object and try to scratch the surface of the stone. If the stone is soft and easily scratched, then it is most likely not jade. Real jade should be very hard and difficult to scratch. Jade has a hardness of 6-7 on the MOHS hardness scale! Which makes it a great stone for daily wear because how durable it is.

 

The ping test

You can watch this video here about that. Here Jackson demonstrates how to test bangles using the ping test. It's test that has been done for a long time. The treatment process changes the internal structure of the jade and hat changes how it sounds! It's not the most accurate test but definitely can tell you a lot!

 

In conclusion, there are a few ways that you can tell if your jade is real or fake. The first way is to look at the color. If the color is uniform throughout the stone, it is likely that the stone has been dyed. Another way to tell if your jade has been treated is to look at the value. Fake jade is often sold at a fraction of the price of real jade. The second way to tell if your jade is real is to do the touch test. Real jade should be cold and dense to the touch. If the stone feels light, it is likely that it is fake or some other type of stone. The third way to tell if your jade is real is to do the ping test. This test is not the most accurate, but it can give you an idea of whether or not your jade is real.

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Here at Baikalla Jewelry, we carry only natural, untreated jade jewelry. We believe that only natural jade brings the best of what jade has to offer. Value wise and energy wise, natural jade is the best way to go! If you have any questions about jade or are interested in purchasing some of our beautiful jade jewelry, please contact us! We would be more than happy to help you!

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