Leslie Walberg's Blog "All About Beads" on our Beads in Corpus Christi website http://www.beadsincorpuschristi.com The mission of this Blog is to explore the World of Beads. New beads, old beads, gemstone beads, glass beads, trade beads, amber beads, pearls, authentic antique beads, reproduction beads, turquoise, genuine turquoise, fake turquoise, stabilized turquoise, dyed turquoise, howlite, dyed howlite, chalk turquoise, lapis beads, dyed lapis beads, malachite beads, immitation malachite beads, onyx, and commonly misrepresented gemstone beads.
To sum it all up this blog will be "All About Beads"
|Posted by Leslie Walberg on March 28, 2013 at 11:25 AM||comments (0)|
Objets D'Art will be featuring Gemstone Beads and Pearls at their booth at the Intergem International Gem & Jewelry Show in Austin,Texas on April 12 - 14, 2013 LESTER E. PALMER EVENTS CENTER
900 Barton Springs Rd Austin, TX 78704
(Lots of Show Specials)
|Posted by Leslie Walberg on March 17, 2013 at 12:55 AM||comments (0)|
Jade does'nt Scratch but Serpentine does. These serpentine carvings are softer than jade. I was able to scratch them with a knife. I have posted an album "Jade does'nt Scratch but Serpentine does" in the Photo Gallery of my http://www.beadsincorpuschristi.com website with photos of serpentine pendants that are being sold as jade by unscrupulous and or ignorant dealers on Ebay and other sites. I am going to post more photos of genuine Jade and other materials commonly misrepresented as jade. Thank You, Leslie Walberg at Objets D'Art in Corpus Christi,Texas
|Posted by Leslie Walberg on March 16, 2013 at 12:20 AM||comments (0)|
How to Test Jade in an Imperfect World. There are only two types of Jade that are considered real Jade. There is Jadeite which measures between 6.0 and 7.0 on the Mohs Sacale of hardness, and there is Nephrite jade which measures between 6.0 and 6.5 on the Mohs scale of hardness. Other materials, no matter how much they look like jade, are not jade unless they meet this hardness criteria. A pocket knife has a blade which measures approximately 5.0 on up to 5.5 on the mohs hardness scale, thus making the pocket knife an excellent tool for testing jade. A pocket knife with it's hardness factor of 5 - 5.5 simply can not scratch genuine jade with a hardness of 6.0 or harder. The downside to this method of testing jade is that if the item you are testing is not jade and is a softer material like Serpentine which is usually the case, your knife will leave a scratch or chip on the item you are testing. In rare cases I have even heard of genuine jade artifacts being mis-tested due to an inclusion of softer material. To sum up all this reteric, A knife scratches Serpentine and other soft stones. A knife does not scratch Jade or other hard stones such as Quartz or diamond. Years of experience tend to help testing jade. The jade pendant and the jade sword slide both test out as genuine nephrite jade. The bangle which looks like jade failed the Mohs hardness test. The bangle is an antique serpentine bracelet. If it is too good to be true than it usually is - just look at all the materials that are mis-represented as jade on ebay - most will have a name such as old jade, tomb jade, or some other interesting phrase meant to distract you from the fact that the item you are looking at is really not Jade at all. Study hard. Look at all the fakes as well as those pieces of jade you know to be good. Trust the reputable dealers with years of good feedback, and be leery of the 90% other junk being called jade. Always test your Jade as like with people, looks can be decieving. Good luck on your quest for good Jade. "Jade in an Imperfect World"
by Leslie Walberg
|Posted by Leslie Walberg on March 11, 2013 at 3:00 PM||comments (0)|
|Posted by Leslie Walberg on February 26, 2013 at 9:20 PM||comments (1)|
Objets D'Art will be featuring
Gemstone Beads and Pearls at the
San Antonio Bead Market 2013
located at the Shrine Auditorium 901
North Loop 1604 West San Antonio,
Texas 78232 Show Hours; Saturday
10 am - 5 pm and Sunday 10 am - 4
pm - This show is both Wholesale
and Retail and the public is welcome
(Lots of Show Specials)
|Posted by Leslie Walberg on January 15, 2013 at 5:50 PM||comments (0)|
Objets D'Art will be featuring Gemstone Beads and Pearls at the Gulf Coast Gem & Mineral Show 2013 at the Richard Borchard Regional Fairgrounds on Saturday March 2nd and Sunday March 3rd
|Posted by Leslie Walberg on January 15, 2013 at 5:40 PM||comments (0)|
Objets D'Art will be featuring Gemstone Beads and Pearls at the North American Wholesale Show /New Braunfels, Tx Feb. 2013. Don't miss this Jewelry, Bead, gifts, and accessories show on Feb. 22nd, 23rd, and 24th.
|Posted by Leslie Walberg on January 15, 2013 at 5:30 PM||comments (1)|
Objets D'Art will be featuring Gemstone Beads and Pearls at the Austin Bead Market 2013. Don't miss this show ! The Austin Bead Market 2013 Show will be at the Travis County Expo Center on Feb. 16th and 17th, 2013. Show hours are Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Lots of Show Specials)
|Posted by Leslie Walberg on December 28, 2012 at 3:10 PM||comments (0)|