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How to Identify Natural Grade A Jadeite Jade: Trained Eyes and Certification

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How to Identify Natural Grade A Jadeite Jade: Trained Eyes and Certification

How can you tell if a jade is real or natural? Honestly, without being a jade expert or having years of experience evaluating jade is a difficult and complicated task. 

How to tell Real and Natural Jadeite

According to GIA, a method of checking the authenticity is through its quality. Things such as texture, transparency, and color are important factors to consider. Besides buying a certified piece of jade, here are 5 quick ways to test if your jade is real and natural or not. These techniques do need training to accurately assess the jade.

  1. Look for Air Bubbles – When stones used for jade jewelry are dyed, they become weaker and more brittle, and injected with polymers to make the jade stronger again. Sometimes, this will leave tiny air bubbles in the stone and that is a tell tale sign of a fake or altered jade. In addition, you should also hold the jade piece in the light to see if it has a smooth and bright color. The edges should reflect light and be somewhat transparent.
  2. Verify Color – Natural jade should have variations of color within the stone and it should be consistent throughout. If the stone is too bright, too smooth, and too vivid, it is most likely dyed and chemically enhanced. These variations should also look natural on the jade jewelry piece.
  3. Temperature Check – Real jade should have a natural coolness to it. For this test, hold the stone tightly in your hand for 1-2 min to warm it up. If the stone is still cool, it’s real, but if it warms up and is no longer cool, it is probably a fake! You can also put the stone to your face if it's easier.
  4. Scratch Test – Real jade is very hard and quite dense so it shouldn’t be easy to scratch. Do a scratch test with your fingernails or pin by lightly rubbing against the surface. If it leaves a mark or easily scratches, it’s likely that the jade is fake.
  5. Sound Test for Density – For this test, you’ll need a piece of jade that you know is real. Tap the suspected jade against the real piece of jade several times and listen carefully for the sound. If the jade is real, it will make a deep, resonating sound, however, if it sounds like two plastic beads being tapped against each other, the jade is probably fake.

With these methods, you should be able to quickly tell your jade bracelet or earrings’ authenticity. After all of these tests, you can also  go to a jeweler to examine the piece. Jewelers are trained to recognize fakes and they also have the correct equipment. You should ask them to perform a density test and estimate the price of your jade. It might also be wise to ask multiple jewelers for their opinion. Consider purchasing a beautiful jade bracelet only to discover later that it is a forgery. Oh no! You are entitled to better. The best way to verify whether your jade is real is by sending it to a certified gemology laboratory.

Unlike most jade retailers, each piece of jade jewelry purchased from Dahlia will come with its very own certificate of authenticity. This validates and proves that our jade is 100% genuine grade A jadeite jade, something that is often in question when shopping for jade. These certifications are a unique identifier because not one jade is alike, so they are assigned a specific certificate number and a picture of your jade will be on the certificate as well. Below is an example of our jade dragon necklace certificate and what will come with your order.

The image shows Dahlia jade certification from China's National Gemstone Testing CenterThe image shows the results of scanning the certificate QR code to show that your jadeite is real and natural.

The best and easiest way to verify the jade information of the certificate is by scanning the QR Code with your smartphone or go to www.gtzy.com where one can input the Certificate ID & Total Mass to get the results on the right using the Certificate Query.

We invest the extra time and resources to have our jade jewelry certified by China’s National Gemstone Testing Center (NGTC) so that our customers can buy our jade with confidence. The NGTC is the highest authority for certifying jade gemstones, comparable to the GIA for diamonds in the United States. The NGTC certifications are acknowledged internationally by ILAC-MRA and CNAS and nationally by CMA.

Curious for more information on jade? Interested in purchasing your own jadeite jade jewelry? Visit us at https://www.dahliany.com/collections/jade 

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