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Test for green translucent jadeite or nephrite


Is there a simple test to tell if a piece is nephrite? I have a large green Buddha statue I want to classify.



Based on the jadeite and nephrite information pages, there are a couple diagnostic differences between the two materials. Jadeite has a higher specific gravity (3.25-3.36 vs. nephrite’s 2.90-3.02), and different spectral lines and optical properties. If you’re certain it’s one of these minerals, and not a simulant, these tests should distinguish them.

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