Natural Jade vs Treated Jadeite Jade?

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Welcome! To the Baikalla Jewelry Blog, where we post educational content about jade jewelry and other gemstone jewelry.

Today we will be discussing:Natural vs Treated jade

"What's the difference?" "How do I tell if this is natural real jadeite jade? " "How do I tell between fake and natural real Jade?" are some of the most asked questions at the Baikalla Showroom. And to fully understand the answers to that question we must know what makes a piece of jade (regardless of nephrite or jadeite) real or fake. 

Jade Grading:

Grade A: All natural, without treatment jade. Believed to offer protection and good fortune for whoever possesses the gem.

Grade B, Treated Jadeite Jade with Acid

Grade C, treated plus dyed color in with Acid.

Fake Jade--  They are imitation, or glass, or resin, or plastic....

Brief history:

"There are two types of treatments for jadeite jade. Dye and polymer impregnation - often used together.

Dyed jadeite has existed for decades and is detectable using standard spectroscopy. It was not common before the 1980’s. 

In the early 1980's a new kind of jadeite appeared in the markets of East Asia. This material had a light, bright body color and good translucence. Some dealers noticed a ‘spidery’ texture when viewed under 20x magnification. Prices were reasonable for such quality - too reasonable - based on values at the time. This marked the beginning of what has since been called ‘B’ jade, which continues to be by far the most common form of treated jade." 

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