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Q.
Can you please tell me how to test jade to see if it's real jade? Thanks!
- Carolyn
A.
There are many types of jade and each type has different properties. Unless you are a trained gemologist, take your jade to a reputable jeweler for identification. When purchasing gemstones, always buy from a reputable dealer who guarantees their product. Finding a jeweler that is a member of the AGTA or one who is GIA (Gemological Institute of America) certified, will offer you peace-of-mind that the information you are given is accurate.

The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) is an association of United States and Canadian natural colored gemstone and cultured pearl industry professionals dedicated to promoting the natural colored gemstone trade.

As a member of AGTA, Fire Mountain Gems and Beads abides by AGTA's Code of Ethics, which is an ever higher standard than the Federal Trade Commission's Guides for the Jewelry Industry on disclosing colored gemstone enhancements. Working with an AGTA Member is like having a gemstone consultant at your fingertips.

Fire Mountain Gems and Beads discloses all enhancements of gems we sell (with the exception of normal cutting and polishing). We also disclose the method of enhancement, if known.

- Michelle Wood, Jewelry-Making Expert

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