We went to our local polling place mid-morning, expecting a long wait in line. We were pleasantly shocked that the parking lot was quite empty, and we walked right in. There was only one other person ahead of us when we showed our ID's and got our ballots. When I reached for the ballot she handed me, she asked if the bangle on my wrist was "jade". I smiled as I looked at her wrist, and saw she was wearing a jade bangle bracelet, too. And, oh my, did we both want to talk about jade! BUT...of course she couldn't because she was working.
Seeing her wearing a jade bangle bracelet was kind of surprising, because I rarely see local residents wearing jade. There's a woman who has been a long time customer, starting when I still lived in Ohio. Then when we moved to Florida, the Poinciana area, I "recognized" her one day because she was wearing one of the jade bangles she purchased.
If you live in a hot and sunny environment like central Florida, and south, it's important to take special care of your jade to keep it healthy. Jade stone is formed underground, often in caves, where it is cool and dark. The opposite of hot southern weather. I wear my jade bangle bracelet all the time, indoors and outdoors, in the pool, relaxing in the hot tub. I don't allow it to be directly in the sun. And after being in the pool or hot tub, I immediately wash it with soap and pat it dry. Genuine and natural jade will survive well, but if it's color treated, especially when acid is used to enhance the color, the color will fade faster in heat.
The jade I sell is always kept inside our home so the temperature can be kept stable, cool. And it's kept in "the dark". That means the closets are full, and under the beds are full of boxes.
Chinese jade seems to be less sensitive to sun and heat.
|Carved Chinese Jade Bangle Bracelet|
Burmese jadeite needs to be protected more. When I shopped for jade in China, I trusted the jade shops that looked like they were closed because they had the main lights turned off.
If you have valuable jade that you want to keep in good condition, don't expose it to direct sunlight and heat. Clean it often. Polish it with wax, furniture polish when it looks like it needs.
And of course, the jade in our online stores is meant for every day wearing. That's a reason why I keep it "in the dark" for several years before listing it to make sure it's a good quality, genuine and natural.
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