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Another hardstone mystery - could you help me to identify it?

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« on: April 18, 2016, 01:53:18 pm »

Dear All,

I had the impression that this was a spinach jade bottle. That was confirmed by a specific gravity reading of about 2.90, which is right for nephrite.

On the other hand, I managed to scratch it with a blade (you can see the scratch on the photo).

Now, as far as I know, nephrite has a hardness of 6 - 6.5 and therefore couldnīt be scratched by steel.

Does anyone know what could this material be?

Thanks once again for your help.







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« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2016, 06:14:58 pm »

I have not handled a whole lot of jade, but my first impression is also Spinach Jade.  And yes, 6.5 can be scratched with a steel blade.. 

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« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2016, 02:16:34 pm »

Dear George,

I always had this idea that if something could be scratched, it could not be jade.

Thanks again for your help.

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« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2016, 03:08:01 pm »

Your welcome ..  Smiley
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