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jade Light test light test

How can I be certain this is jade. I bought this rock from a thrift store for 40 bucks. I thought it was a bit pricey for what it is..does anybody have any solid tips on how to clean up the unfinished side of the Stone? And what tools can a guy use to carve jade

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  • $\begingroup$ for what it's worth, it looks like jade or a really good fake $\endgroup$ – haresfur Feb 19 '18 at 21:50
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I can't think of any test you can do at home to distinguish Jade, either Jadeite or Nephrite, from a massive Agate, or even a highly coloured Chert. You'll want cotton wheels with polishing compound on a drill, angle grinder, or pedestal/bench grinder for cleaning up any unfinished surface and bonded diamond rotary bits either for a drill (hand or press), or a hobby tool, for the carving. Be warned that jade is a notoriously fickle subject when you're carving, so are agate and chert for that matter, prone to splintering along carved edges and to bodily cracking up under pressure.

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