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You Will Need
- Straight pin
- Professional jeweler
- Polishing cloth (optional)
Scratch the surface of the jade
Use your fingernail to scratch the surface of the jade. Real jade is very solid and won't show a scratch.
Touch the jade to your face
Hold the jade against the side of your face. The real deal will feel cold to the touch.
Test with a warm pin
Warm a straight pin by placing it under hot running water. Touch the warm pin to the surface of the jade. A sign of fake jade is a scratch or indentation where the pin touched the surface.
Examine for imperfections
Examine the surface of the jade and look for imperfections, like pits or other marks. Look for slight variations in color throughout the stone. Real jade is typically not going to look absolutely perfect.
Consult with a jeweler
Take your jade to a jeweler to get a professional opinion of your stone's authenticity. They will examine the jade and perform a density test. The jeweler can also help you determine the potential value of your piece -- maybe helping you uncover a treasure you never even knew you had.