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How to Tell Real Jade from Fake

A beautiful stone that can be the traditional green or other bright colors, jade has historically been used in Chinese and Korean art and jewelry. Learn how to spot real jade by following these tips.


  • Step 1: 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.
  • TIP: Look for real jade with bright, intense colors, a smooth finish, and a watery luster.
  • Step 2: Touch the jade to your face Hold the jade against the side of your face. The real deal will feel cold to the touch.
  • Step 3: 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.
  • Step 4: 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.
  • TIP: Use a polishing cloth to clean your jade. Gem cleaners can damage the surface.
  • Step 5: 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.
  • FACT: Jade is considered a good luck charm, particularly among East Asian cultures. Many believe that it can ward off evil spirits, and bring you health and wealth.

You Will Need

  • Jade
  • Straight pin
  • Professional jeweler
  • Polishing cloth (optional)

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