Subject:Where is the jade boulder?
Posted By: Super Thu, Jan 24, 2019
Thanks for sharing pictures of your jades with us.
Do not get upset with others' opinions rendered on your jade pieces if you decide to post them for others' critique. First of all, to try to evaluate jade items based on a few low-resolution pictures that were not taken under sunlight or natural light is simply unrealistic; Secondly, beauty of any collectibles including jade pieces is in the eyes of the beholder; Thirdly, even jade experts often disagree with each other.
Therefore, you really should not get upset but rather you should post the reasons you believe these are made of jadeite and they are beautiful enough to convince yourself that you should spend more money to pursue it further.
At one time I have been studying jade material including jadeite which was labeled as "hard jade" or fei cui in China while Nephrite was labeled as "soft jade" even though the hardness of some of the nephrite are as hard as that of jadeite. It is interesting that jadeite was not really considered as jade until the middle Qing dynasty. Therefore if somebody is trying to sell you an authentic Ming dynasty jadeite piece, you should stay far away from it. Also very interesting, there had been jadeite mines found all over the world, recently there were news about jadeite being found in Panama or at California, USA but I had yet been able to confirm this or obtain a sample from these two places for my study. The problem is this, I believe, just because if jadeite may be found in some areas, but the material may not be suitable for "carving". Example, nephrite was actually being found and mined during the late 60s and early 70s in Taiwan but when attempted to make them into carvings, the material was shattered until later a special technique was invented for making jewelries/carvings. But soon all of the nephrite mines were exhausted and today it was quite difficult to locate or confirm items that were made of Taiwan nephrite.
I was kind of confused after reading your post with two pictures - with one pendant on top of a slab in each picture because I did not see anything close to a "jadeite boulder" mentioned in your message, only a slab under each of them. My idea of a jade boulder would be a pretty large piece of raw jade like those posted in this link:
Can you post pictures of your jadeite boulder?
There are indeed many different color of jadeite, much more than that of nephrite. My father used to collect jadeite pendants with unusual colors. Unfortunately, most Chinese still like jadeite with apple green or grandmother green, lately due to extinction of really nice jadeite, they started promoting "ice" jadeite (translucent). In short, unusual color jadeite pendants may not fetch high prices, but unusual and nice jade boulders would. Also, I am not sure too many Chinese will be crazy about any jade pendants especially jadeite ones that are white color (a funeral color) and full of inclusions. No pun intended.
I like the color and appearance of the "jadeite" pendant in your first picture much better than the one in your second picture. I do not like the shapes of either one, they are too bulky, IMHO.
I personally would not buy or wear either one. Again, no pun intended, just give you my honest opinion.
Therefore, please let us know if you may post a picture of your "jadeite boulder". Thank you.