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576K: Natural Green Jade Statuary

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Natural Green Jade Statuary - Metal: N/A Karat: 14k Stone Size: 26x45mm Details: snuff Bottlelady In Village Carvingcarnelian Top - This Is Grade ‘a’ Jade: Natural, Untreated Jadeite Jade Only Beeswax Is Used To Fill The Stone’s Microscopic Surface Pores -as Has Been Done For Centuries. - What Are The Colors Of Jade? The Chinese Identified "ritual Colors" Of Jade And Even Spoke Of Colors "invisible To The Eye." In Fact, Jadeite Appears In Six Basic Colors, With Many Variations. These Are Green, Lavender, Red, Yellow, White And Black. Green, The Most Important And Traditional Color, Varies Through Apple Green To Gray-green And Finally Black-green. There Is A Special Magical Item Called Imperial Jade. Although Originally Said To Refer To Those Jades Possessed By The Emperor And Royal Family, Imperial Jade Today Should Indicate A Stone Whose Color Is A Deep, Translucent Green, And Is Without Visible Flaws Or Color Variations. Such Stones Are Truly Rare. Lavender Jade Can Be Quite Dark - Almost Deep Plum-purple, And In Some Cases Can Take On A Blue Cast. At Its Other Extreme, Lavender Jade Approaches The Pink Range - Though Never Achieving It - And Lightens To A Pale Lavender-white. Often, Lavender Jade Exhibits A Sugary Texture. There Are Written Reports Of A Blood-orange Jade, But Most Red Jade Actually Ranges From A Yellow Or Beige To A Deep Russet Brown. Black Jade Is Usually Nephrite And, In Its Finer Qualities, Is Glassy Black. Surface Flecks Are Common And Difficult To Avoid On Pieces Larger Than Dime Size. White Jade, Or "pure" Jade, Can Be Found In A Chalky, Opaque White To A Translucent Gray-white. A Good Polish Is Essential. The Color Range For Nephrite Is Not Nearly So Broad As For Jadeite And Is Usually Characterized By A Certain Dullness Of Color And Waxiness Of Texture. Old Stones (from Turkestan) Are Sometimes Creamy (mutton-fat) White While Most Modern Nephrite Ranges From Gray-black To An Olive Green. There Is A Coal Black Nephrite, Which Takes A Good Polish, And Is Currently Mined In Wyoming And Australia. It Is Often Asked If There Is A Blue Jade Or A Pink Jade. There Is No Known Blue Jadeite, Although A Deep Blue Nephrite Is Claimed. As To Pink, Most Jade Reported As Pink Is, In Fact, Not Jade. Jade Very Often Exhibits Several Colors Within One Piece. Although One Pure Uniform Color Is Usually Best, Combinations Such As Green And Lavender, Red And Green, Or White With Strong Green Are Very Desirable. The Chinese Have An Extensive List Of Phrases To Identify These Combinations And Colors: Moss-in-snow, Chicken-blood, Valley-leaf, Old Mine, Spring Grass And Many Others.

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