How To Tell If Jade is Real?

You’ve dreamed of having a beautiful jade jewelry set, but you have no idea how to tell if jade is real or not.

You've dreamed of having a beautiful jade jewelry set, but you have no idea how to tell if jade is real or not. You're not alone though as it's a problem that many people face when they go shopping for jewelry. However, it's very easy to prevent this from taking place. This article will give six different tests to help you figure out if jade jewelry is real or not.

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You’re not alone though as it’s a problem that many people face when they go shopping for jewelry. However, it’s very easy to prevent this from taking place. This article will give six different tests to help you figure out if jade jewelry is real or not.

The Pinch Test

One test you can make at home is the Pinch Test. This test is useful for testing jadeite jade only. It is not an effective method for testing nephrite jade.

It seems counter-intuitive, but the result of this test will be that a chip or scratch will appear on the surface of your gemstone. However, it’s important to know that a real piece of jade will not actually chip or break during this process because Jadeite has a hardness rating of 6.5 – 7 on the Mohs scale (glass measures around 5.5).

The Scratch Test

This test is simple: scratch your jade against a piece of glass or an unglazed tile. If your stone is real, it won’t be scratched by the glass or tile. Furthermore, it will leave a streak of green on the glass or tile that you can rub off easily with your fingers.

The Hot Point Test

The next test is not quite as simple. You will need a small needle and some sort of source of fire, matches work well. Simply hold the hot needle against your jade piece for about 20 seconds, if it hasn’t made a mark by then you have a genuine jade piece. If you can see a mark after holding the hot needle up to your jade for 20 seconds then you have glass.

The Tooth Test

The jade stone is a durable, solid, and heavy gemstone. Jade is often heavier than glass. If you are able to, the best way to tell if your piece of jade is authentic is by biting it with your teeth. The texture of real jade will feel a bit gritty when you bite into it. The gritty feeling that you get when biting into jade isn’t enough to hurt or even damage your teeth as this gemstone is actually quite soft and porous.

On the contrary, if you bite into your piece of jewelry and find that it feels smooth then chances are that you have a fake piece of jewelry made from either plastic or glass rather than from the natural stone known as jade.

The Jade Color Test

The Jade Color Test is meant to help you distinguish between real jade and fake. Many types of jade are available in many different colors. The most common color of jade is green, followed by white, yellow, and orange. Other rarer colors include red, black, gray, and purple. If your piece of jade is made up of more than one color, this may be because it has been dyed or artificially colored.

If the jade stone looks too good to be true—like it’s an exceptionally bright shade of green—it probably isn’t real. Also, keep in mind that the best quality stones have a natural sparkle to them; they don’t need to be artificially enhanced with things like dyes or chemicals.

Refraction Test

The refraction test is the most accurate test to tell if jade is real and

also to tell whether the stone is jadeite or nephrite. 

To do this, you hold the stone up to a light source and look through it. If it’s the real deal, you will see rainbows (refracted light) inside of the stone. The more rainbows, the higher quality and more valuable your jade gemstone are. 

Jadeite will refract more light than nephrite so if you only notice a few rainbows in your piece, you’ve got nephrite on your hands. This goes without saying but make sure that your jade isn’t scratched or chipped when doing this test because it will affect how much light passes through. Jade is a very hard mineral with a rating of 6-7 on the Mohs Hardness Scale so it won’t scratch easily unless subjected to extreme conditions.

Conclusion

If a gemstone that is supposed to be jade doesn’t pass any of these tests, it is certainly not jade!

If an item that is supposed to be jade fails any of these tests, it is not jadeite or nephrite. You can also take the item to a professional if you are still unsure. There are very few imitations of nephrite and jadeite, but they do exist. The seller should be able to tell you which test failed and why. They might even refund your money!

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