Group Discussion > Turkish purple jade: Is it really jade?

According to the above article, scientists say NO! It shouldn't be considered pure jade, but it is primarily jadeite, though only 40%! The rest of this material consists of several other minerals, mainly quartz, orthoclase, epidote, chloritoid, and phlogopite. However, it is found in only one small portion of Turkey, so it's still a highly sought after material that is indeed quite a rarity!

I just bought a 750 carat piece of it from a seller who claims that it's no longer being mined, and it's been valued at $25.00 per carat, but I only paid $300 for it, not anywhere near $18,750! So my question is, has this stone ever been valued at $25.00 per carat? I've also seen a 450 carat piece priced at $2000, which is certainly alot less of it for alot more, but it's not $11,250! Does the shape that it's carved into come into play here? Is a standing Buddha worth more than a crawling horned toad? Of course, such questions are subjective, so opinions will vary!

Can anyone else here share anymore information about this popular form of semi-jadeite? It's not exactly a pure jade, but it's not exactly a pseudo-jade either, so what else would you call it?
April 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMonroe
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