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Subject:Assistance and guidance please
Posted By: Shane Giovanni Thu, May 21, 2020 IP: 2605:e000:1b06:2e6:5

Hello, my name is Shane Giovanni and I am looking for assistance with a couple things that have to do with Jade...both Jadeite and Nephrite. 1st: I have a very specific piece of antique moss in ice Jadeite that is a carving. This carving has what looks like Chinese calligraphy from what I can tell, it is tastefully applied to the bottom of the carved jadeite piece. I am really trying to find out if it is just a Maker's Mark and discription, or if it represents something else entirely, such as region, dynasty etc...2nd: I have been a fan of jade ever sense i can remember. My grandmother collected jade, and wore a piece of jade jewelry every day of her life with my grandfather. My grandfather was a 20 year navy man, and for a lot of his career was stationed in China. Anyway, my grandmother being a lover of jade, and my grandfather being a lover of my grandmother he purchased many Nephrite and Jadeite pieces for her in his travels throughout China. I was given a small jadeite pendant by my grandfather when I was 12 that I wore often and still have today. But it was the only piece I owned until grandma passed in 2015, and passed down to me every single piece of jade she was ever given or purchased. She said in her will that it was a small fortune and that I should keep what I like and sell the rest. Here it is 5 years later and I am just now getting to it. I know a little about jade...enough certainly to have fun detailed conversations about it at least, but I am not a jade pro by far. I would like to sell some of my pieces and am looking for guidance on what the best way to sell these pieces at their true top market value would be. For example, I know Burmese Imperial Jadeite and true mutton fat Nephrite from the white jade river command some of the highest costs of almost any gem in the world. I have a couple pieces of both...those I think I will be able to handle, as top quality pieces sell them selves most of the time. What I'm looking for help with, or some very fine quality red, black, white, yellow, orange, purple, pink, and lavender colored Jadite well as some spinach green, moss in snow, black and apple green nephrite pieces. Every piece i am wanting to sell is 100% grade A natural jadeite or nephrite except maybe one piece that I still need to have certified. I recognize that eBay, Etsy, and other similar online sales sites can be very helpful for a lot of things...not what I'm looking for. I want to sell these pieces back to China and the Chinese people. Back to where my grandfather 1st started purchasing them in 1955. Back where they will gain the most value and sell at the highest $$$ amount. It is appreciated most in china and it's to that market I specifically want to sell these pieces.

My grandfather, He was the Chief Engineer which is the number 2 man on the boat behind the captain. His first responsibility was the Yangtze Patrol on the U.S.S. Palos in 1955, and then down to southern China aboard the U.S.S. Helena and U.S.S. Pampanga where he for a time was fortunate to be responsible for patroling the Yurungkash river (white jade river). He was allowed I guess to Wade out with some other local jade hunters and pick up a couple pebbles. I have one small 35 gram raw mutton fat Nephrite pebble that he used to keep on the mantle. That is a piece I am selling but shouldn't have much trouble doing so because of what it is. So please help inform me where the best place would be to get these beautiful pieces in front of the individuals who charish jade the most (next to my grandmother of course)...the people of China. Where can the people of China go to hunt for Jade pieces brought over to the Americas and Europe like it was brought by my grandfather. This is what I now fill my days with...hunting all over America in search of Chinese jade of all kinds. I'm sure there is a great way for me to sell these beautiful pieces into China for top market value, but I'll be damned if I know what it is.

In advance I'd like to thank you for any help you can give me in accomplishing this goal.

Shane Giovanni

PS I am having a lot of trouble attaching a couple photos to this message and I need to at least attach a photo of the calligraphy if I want help with it. If I'm unable to, please let me know if you think you could be of assistance in that area and we'll work out another way for me to get the photos in front of you.

Subject:Re: Assistance and guidance please
Posted By: Mark Adams Fri, May 22, 2020

Hi Shane,
If you wish to sell antique jadeite jade and nephrite jade jewelry or other I would suggest that you try to contact one of the three big auction houses. Namely Sotheby's, Christies or Bonhams. All three have a extensive exposure to the Chinese market place.
In the US there are numerous dealers in jade etc. However, one of the top dealers resides in San Francisco. His name is Sam Bernstein.
Moss in green jadeite was very popular during the late Qing period right through to the early years of the republic.
As noted genuine grade A imperial jadeite jade is both very expensive and sought after by the Chinese.
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Subject:Re: Assistance and guidance please
Posted By: Shane Giovanni Sat, May 23, 2020

Thank you for the good advice. I touched base with Christy's today, sent pics, certification documents, and as much provenance as I could muster. Should hear back from them soon. Will be touching base with the other two houses tomorrow. Thanks again, this looks to be a wonderful starting point, and all 3 houses have jade experts, which is a nice help.
Shane Giovanni

Subject:Re: Assistance and guidance please
Posted By: Mark Adams Sun, May 24, 2020

Is this cabochon jadeite one you own?
Sometimes dealing with the big three can be difficult unless they know you etc.
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Subject:Re: Assistance and guidance please
Posted By: Shane Giovanni Sun, May 24, 2020

Yes, I do own this cabochon. It is one of the finest examples I've seen, and feel very lucky to have an opportunity to present it to possible collectors. | Associations | Articles | Exhibitions | Galleries |