Burmese Jadeite Cutting and Carving
I offer very good quality burmese jadeite because I have extensive Chinese training and experience with jade and jadeite and we have been in business since 1999. When buying jade from China my experience is that a certificate of authenticity is worth only the paper it is written on unless I test it or have it tested at my trusted source. Burmese jadeite is regulated by the government, and jade carvers have a certificate of compliance. Ying Yu Jade has been tested both in China and in the US, using refraction, hardness, chelsea filters and other testing processes.
Below are photos taken at jadeite carvers in southern China.
|Jade buyers "gamble" on the rough they buy from the market. Sometimes there is a small "window" cut in the large stone to give a clue to the quality inside. It is a gamble because it could be plain stone color, or the buyer could be very fortunate to find imperial green quality. Click here to learn more about quality and see photos of different grades of jade.|
|Rough jade stone is classified and marked for cutting in the jade yard. When it is cut into smaller pieces that can be moved, it is put into enclosed cutting area where it is cut into more manageable pieces for the carver. The cutting is a very dusty and dirty operation, so it is cut into pieces small enough to fit into the enclosed cutter.|
|When the pieces are manageable size, the carver can begin his work. They are first made into the rough bangle shape. This process requires knowing which parts of the jade to use, and how to get the most out of the jade to make the bangle look attractive. Then the master carver finishes the carving, and send it to the polisher. Jade is again sorted by quality, utility, commercial or gem, for sale to retailers.|
Lantos Jade Law September 2008 prohibits the import of jadeite into the USA,
even though most of it has processed, carved in China or Thailand. Ying Yu Jade
and JadeBangleBracelets.com purchased
large quantities of jadeite prior to the embargo and has perhaps one of the
largest inventories of jadeite in the USA. We didn't know there was a law that
would prohibit the import of jadeite, but we saw the trends that jade was becoming
more expensive and the US Dollar was becoming lower in value, and we bought
every piece of jadeite we could for several years prior to the embargo. If you
purchase jadeite from sellers in China or Thailand, or outside of the USA and
it is randomly chosen for US customs inspection, your jade purchase will be
confiscated. So it's more safe to purchase from Ying Yu Jade, as our jadeite
is already in the USA.