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Subject:jade pebbles
Posted By: River jade pebbles and how to understand their pri Sun, Feb 14, 2021 IP:

I know it's a far fetch but i have a strong feeling that Asian art lovers must know a lot about jade. I understand the basics but desperately need more knowledge. The question is - what makes jade pebbles more or less valuable? I tried to research the subject but it seems that some pebbles go for 1500$ and i don't understand why. (Not even Hetian) Can you recommend me a source more reliable than Ebay or Etsy to check out? What do you think about pebbles on photos?

Subject:Re: jade pebbles
Posted By: Ernest Wilhelm Mon, Feb 15, 2021

To get the highest amount of money from those pebbles you must first give them to a master carver,and if the carvings are well done, you will find many eager collectors who want to buy them from you. That is the easiest way.

Subject:Re: jade pebbles
Posted By: Pavel Tue, Feb 16, 2021

That's the funniest part. I can do it myself and i purchased them to make jewelry pieces from them. But it seems that some color/shape/texture combinations are significantly more desirable than others and don't know which ones.

Subject:Re: jade pebbles
Posted By: Steve Gridley Tue, Feb 16, 2021

IMHO, from what I have learned by those with more experience, the Chinese artists that carved river or “pebble” jade look for consistency in opacity and uniformity of the ground color. Important is the secondary iron oxide staining colors which the finest craftsmen use as highlights of what is being carved. The location, position, and coverage of the colors help to determine what would be carved from the stone. River jade is also less likely to have internal flaws unseen until carved.

In the example I have attached, this Qing Dynasty river jade snuff bottle has a uniform whitish ground with russet iron staining secondary colors. The artist used the natural shape of the stone and carved a simple scene of a tree with wind blowing. The russet is used as an accent to bring out the clouds. The proceeds from the sale of this piece could have purchased a decent used car. That being said, I would focus first on the appreciation of the jade and its characteristics, not the value. You can never appreciate jade by focusing on gold.

The best way to determine value is to visit jade markets or auctions where jade rough is being auctioned, handle the jade, and learn what characteristics make some jade more valuable than other jade. You can read all day long but nothing can compare to actual experience. I learned more in a short time by being directly involved with the diamond and gemstone markets than I ever could by taking a course or reading. Better yet, visit the Guangzhou Jade Market and see what sells (or at least google the market for more information links).

Subject:Re: jade pebbles
Posted By: Pavel Wed, Feb 17, 2021

Thank you for your answer. Personally i prefer to cut them and work with opened part, while leaving naturally formed sides untouched. As for Guangzhou Jade Market... Ugh, isn't it 95% fakes? With best case scenario being just a drum polished pebbles then oxidized to look like a river jade? | Associations | Articles | Exhibitions | Galleries |