Group Discussion > Any advise on black jade piece?

Dear all,

My father acquired a few years ago a piece which represents a monk holding a baby. It's about 40cm tall by about 16 cm wide, and it weighs around 6.5kg. It is black with very a few fine translucent green veins.

He has been told it's black jade, and someone just came to the house yesterday and offered him a large sum of money to take it right then. This made my dad suspicious as no one generally is that happy to part from their money that quickly. Is the piece worth a lot more?

We have no expertise in this area, so any advise from this community would be greatly appreciated.

July 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterArthur Fredrick
As with most carvings the stone quality and the carving quality are two very important factores. if the piece is carved well from Wyoming or old Cowell black it has more value than a well carved piece of the present day Cowell or some of the Concow from California. The point being you must do the work of having the piece evaluated by a professional with credentials, everything else is just opinion. Cheers, Mike
July 27, 2011 | Registered CommenterFriends of Jade
Hi All

I acquired a very huge piece many years, a Arhat/Lohan on a dragon. It's about 26" tall by 18" wide by 12" death, and it weight should be around 100kg and it needs 3 men to carry. It is black in sight but dark green in the sunlight, lustre surface and carving is superb. The last collector told me it's black jade and from Qing dynasty period. I do not know the current value but I guess jade value has appreciate of late.

Any serious collector from this community wish to see the photo, please email me at

August 7, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterrtbs168
Sorry, my email should be btw I have more than 50 pieces of white jade carving in my collection. Please email me if you are keen cause I am considering to let go some. Thanks!
August 7, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterrtbs168
Hi Sam, Please email me again at I lost your email address. Thanks!
August 11, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterrtbs168
Hi I have a pics black jade from Myanmar.Jade is already sold out with about US$400k.Yes black jade is rare to get so its value is very high.Some like it very much.Some say it is used in the nu missile.Is it correct?Anybody know?
August 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJames
Hi, Do you have any photo of your piece? How big is it? Mine looks black but dark green if you shine it with a touchlight.
August 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterrtbs168
You folks may already be well aware of this, but it is easy to turn many green varieties of nephrite black by heat treatment...
August 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJesse Morin