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1  Public Forum Categories and Boards / Porcelain and Yixing Chinese Snuff Bottles 瓷器和宜兴鼻烟壶 / Re: Beware with false peachbloom glazed bottles on: September 20, 2018, 02:28:34 pm
Giovanni,
Thank you very much for the information. I was very suspicious of the claim that this new bottle was old and am glad to have confirmed that it is new.
2  Public Forum Categories and Boards / Gem, Stone, Rock and Fossil / Re: White Jade bottle on: September 17, 2018, 07:59:09 pm
What I didn’t know was if the presence of orange peel in the finish would have anything to say about how old the bottle is or provide any other information about it? Also, I was wondering if there is any particular mm thickness associated with the term “well hollowed.” I always assumed “floater” was the term that literally meant it was hollowed well enough that the bottle would float in water.
3  Public Forum Categories and Boards / Gem, Stone, Rock and Fossil / Re: White Jade bottle on: September 17, 2018, 03:28:00 pm
1)The finish does perhaps appear to have a bit of an orange peel finish to it. Nephrite jade is particularly susceptible to undercutting in the sanding/polishing phase and it is very difficult to avoid. This is caused by the stone having areas that are slightly softer and those softer areas peeling off of the harder, lending a so-called "orange peel" mottled sort of finish instead of a brilliant, uniform shine. The lapidarists who cut jade all the time often advise special techniques for avoiding it, such as dragging the stone back and forth from wet to dry across the sanding and polishing wheels, avoiding heat, sanding very slowly, and using diamond powder on a wood wheel for finish. It seems every other person who cuts jade will have contradictory advice, but it is a skill and also is dependent upon the specific materials used to sand/polish and the quality of the stone as well. 2) I tried to follow the link to see Charl's definition of "well hollowed," but the link didn't work. I too would be curious to see this defined.
4  Public Forum Categories and Boards / Porcelain and Yixing Chinese Snuff Bottles 瓷器和宜兴鼻烟壶 / Re: Beware with false peachbloom glazed bottles on: September 17, 2018, 02:58:44 pm
Is this also a new bottle or is it a crackle bottle that had pink in the cracks added a long time ago, as they claim? They don't claim that it is peachbloom glaze, but do claim it is 19th century. https://www.ebay.com/itm/19th-C-Chinese-Crackle-Glazed-Meiping-Form-White-Porcelain-Snuff-Bottle/252340176296?_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160908105057%26meid%3D1b759f8cf1954a6ab8c970b6c78077ff%26pid%3D100675%26rk%3D3%26rkt%3D15%26sd%3D202438539106%26itm%3D252340176296&_trksid=p2481888.c100675.m4236&_trkparms=pageci%3Afa58d27f-bab2-11e8-b140-74dbd1801b01%7Cparentrq%3Ae915e2021650ab4c8352f8d7fff60a0d%7Ciid%3A1
5  Public Forum Categories and Boards / Gem, Stone, Rock and Fossil / Re: Rose Quartz or pink Agate? Whats the differance? on: September 17, 2018, 09:14:21 am
Though that sounds like something that is likely enhanced, there are a number of minerals that are pink, and some, while they usually have banding, can occasionally be found without it. Can you link to the ebay listing? Offhand, I have seen botswana agate without banding, though it is usually banded,  and likewise examples of rhodonite, rhodochrosite, pink opal, morganite, kunzite, rose quartz and others.
6  The Gathering / The Lounge / Re: Friday Fun Bottle on: June 09, 2018, 06:43:44 am
I have never seen anything like this before. It’s really different and compelling. Thank you for sharing. It’s lovely.
7  General Category / General Forum Information and Guides / Re: HAPPY PASSOVER & HAPPY EASTER ! on: April 10, 2018, 10:33:22 pm
Wow! What a nice guy to do that. It’s good to have such a thoughtful friend.
8  Public Forum Categories and Boards / Glass Snuff Bottles / Re: Easter Bunny Realgar Glass Bottle on: April 07, 2018, 10:48:45 pm
Wow! These are really beautiful.
9  General Category / General Forum Information and Guides / Re: HAPPY PASSOVER & HAPPY EASTER ! on: April 07, 2018, 10:41:50 pm
I’m even later but happy Easter and Passover. I think Passover ends a day earlier in Israel, but here in the US, we just ended today. I enjoyed a nice pasta dinner with my family and am headed for a carb coma.
10  The Gathering / The Lounge / Re: Friday Fun Bottle on: March 24, 2018, 09:04:07 am
Joey, thank you for the nice comments. Your mom must have loved that gift!  I wish I could have seen your mother’s pendant so I could compare the way the settings were designed. With inexpensive, mass produced glass snuffs, I feel no remorse drilling through them to hang them, but when there is some nice carving work or a more valuable material used, of course I would only consider a protective setting that won’t scratch or damage the bottle. Most of my stone bottles are new and very heavy, so I just display them and would not wear them anyway, but I do have two pretty bottles I might consider converting if I can figure out something secure that is also easily removable. Embarrassed
11  Public Forum Categories and Boards / Porcelain and Yixing Chinese Snuff Bottles 瓷器和宜兴鼻烟壶 / Re: Porcelain Double Bottle on: March 23, 2018, 09:53:44 am
I know nothing about dating, but I love the bottle and the theme!
12  The Gathering / The Lounge / Re: 2 new stone Friday Fun Bottles on: March 23, 2018, 09:36:38 am
I bought a few new stone bottles and these are my two favorites. I bought a little wood stand to display some snuffs and these two are amongst those going on it. One is "fun" because it is so small, the other because it is a pendant.

One is a miniature sodalite bottle with a very high gloss finish and oddly, a lapis lazuli (not sodalite) stopper with a hand shaped spoon.  It measures just a hair over 1.5" high without the stopper and approximately 1.75" tall with the stopper. It's got a very nice taper from top to bottom and a lovely shape IMO. It's so tiny I love it!

The elephant with rings is of a consistently mottled and visually pleasing lapis lazuli, but not as dark as the highest quality lapis. (The stopper is a higher quality darker lapis, but one of the rings is darker as well, so I think it is OK that the color isn't quite the same; it is a gently squared shape, made to match the bottle design.) It's a well-carved snuff IMO, with an easily removable 14K finding attached so it can be worn as a pendant. The top swivels so you can still remove the stopper, and actually, the entire finding looks like it can be removed easily because of the way the gold twisted rings slip into a closure, but I don't think I'll try lest I loosen it and find it is not as secure for wearing afterwards.
13  Public Forum Categories and Boards / Glass Snuff Bottles / Re: Lime green flattened octagonal bottle. on: March 21, 2018, 12:12:57 pm
Congratulations. It’s beautiful!
14  Public Forum Categories and Boards / Glass Snuff Bottles / Re: Lime green flattened octagonal bottle. on: March 17, 2018, 10:03:04 pm
What an amazing shape! I love it.
15  The Gathering / The Lounge / Re: Friday Fun Bottle on: March 17, 2018, 10:01:19 pm
Thank you for all the very kind comments.

I had 21" of snow at the condo in MA and I am now in Maine where there were a mere 14", but it's been in the low twenties with a storng wind all day!
16  The Gathering / The Lounge / Re: Friday Fun Bottle on: March 11, 2018, 08:56:34 pm
Thank you Joey and Rube for the nice comments!
17  The Gathering / The Lounge / Re: Friday Fun Bottle- Laque Burgauté on: March 10, 2018, 01:00:12 pm
I'm not sure if this belongs here or under other objects, but I think it is fun! I recently bought this cute decorative Laque Burgauté box to go along with an inexpensive (and I assume from the sticker recent) Laque Burgauté snuff bottle that I bought a while ago. Pictures of both below.

18  Public Forum Categories and Boards / Gem, Stone, Rock and Fossil / Re: a small group of bottles carved in the form of an ancient legendary animal on: March 08, 2018, 09:05:57 am
Very interesting. I love the roofline picture you posted.
19  Miscellaneous / Snuff Bottle Books, CD, DVD, Videos / Re: Video of my natural quartz bottles on: March 06, 2018, 08:11:04 am
What a spectacular collection and wonderful film. I love the interplay of images and music. It is mind boggling to me to think of how that level of detail and such fine hollowing out was achieved before they had modern equipment. Those bottles are truly magnificent.
20  Public Forum Categories and Boards / Gem, Stone, Rock and Fossil / Re: a small group of bottles carved in the form of an ancient legendary animal on: March 06, 2018, 08:04:36 am
Are these Qilin? They are very nice.  I really like the black one with white wisps in it. Do you know from what stone it is made?
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