Fake Jade

Yesterday in class we learned about how people go about making fake jade. In my pervious blog post about jade I was curious about how fake jade was made. Through class I’ve learned that fake jade can be made with glass or marble that has undergone extensive chemical processing to make it look like authentic jade.

I also learned that some people in rural parts of China would sew pieces of jade into a sheep’s leg so the sheep’s blood would seep into the jade and make it look like it was from ancient China. In addition, people didn’t just use sheep, some people would kill a dog and then put jade into it’s stomach. Once the jade was in the  dog’s stomach the dog was buried under a busy road. The pressure from the cars driving on the busy road would help to push the dog’s blood into the jade, again giving it the appearance of ancient jade. To be honest talking about this made me feel uncomfortable. I didn’t like thinking about a live sheep who has his leg cut open and then had to live for a period of time with a piece of jade sewn into it’s leg. I also wondered about the medical complications that can occur due to this procedure.

However, this practice is not the only way to make fake jade and is less common in urban environments because people in cities can afford to have fake jade or lesser quality jade processed with chemicals. In addition to making jade look ancient, people would take one jade object and turn it into another jade object. For example, if a jade bi had some imperfections, like a crack, a person would just cut the jade bi in half to make two huangs. Using this method the imperfect jade bi has been made into two huangs that hide the imperfections of the bi. Since the imperfections are gone, the value of the jade will increase.

Overall this ties into my last post about how there is so much fake jade in China it’s hard to distinguish the real from the fake. However, like I started before, I personally don’t care if the jade is authentic or not as long as it is aesthetically pleasing.