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The Rough Guide has been one of our travel guides for a long time already, and we have rarely been disappointed by its recommendations.

But we had never read the few lines devoted to jade for a few destinations.

We have, and we are very disappointed. Where did the GDR journalists go fishing this totally wrong information? Let us look at the 2013/2014 edition of the Guide "China + Hong Kong and Macao," pages 38-39 of the "useful China." What do we read?

Jade

Long used during ancient times to plug the natural orifices of the corpses, jade was supposed to make people immortal. This magical power led to jade being often found in tombs, as a belt, or shroud of protective armor. It is also found on the insignia of power. Today, many workshops can be visited throughout the country.

Our opinion: no complaints about the first paragraph, very general.

Learn to distinguish jadeite, more expensive, cold to the touch and a beautiful translucent green (Xinjiang), from nephrite, pale and cheaper (it often comes from Myanmar), and chloromelanite, a darker green, less expensive. There is black jade, but also white, rosé and even gray. But beware, the Chinese tend to call "jade" semi-precious stones such as agate. One also likes to wear around the neck a lucky charm (bi), jade ring that symbolizes the sky (round) and that makes untouchable. 

Our opinion: here, there is a very big mistake of the Rough Guide. Indeed, jadeite does not come from Xinjiang or East Turkestan. Indeed, no jadeite in Xinjiang, but nephrite. So there is confusion between jadeite and nephrite, both of which are entitled to the appellation of jade, but are totally different.

  

jadeite jade from Myanmar & nephrite jade from Canada

Saying that jadeite is more expensive is not necessarily true. And thinking that jadeite is a beautiful translucent green is not true at all! Admittedly, jadeite is generally more expensive than nephrite but it's not always the case. The most expensive necklace in the world to date is the Hutton-Midvani necklace but white nephrite pieces can reach very high prices... And the colour of nephrite is not lighter! It is very often dark green, and may be black.

There is black jade, white, rose (or rather lavender) and even grey: it is true, but there is also green, yellow, translucent, rust, etc.

The Chinese (and others) unfortunately tend to call "jade" a lot of things which are not jade because they sell better under this name! Not only agate (dyed to imitate jade). Note that the term "semi-precious" has been banned in France since the Decree No. 2002-65 of 14 January 2002 on the trade of gemstones and pearls .

They love indeed to wear around the neck a lucky charm. B In French, we say rather"pi" disk while Anglo-Saxons use the word "bi". This is a disc rather than a ring, in jade or other material, with a hole in its center.

In the part of the guide dedicated to Hong Kong on page 595:

Jade Market

Under a bridge, in a small covered market, there are three kinds of jade, jadeite (most expensive), nephrite (paler) and chloromelanite (dark green) which come mainly from Myanmar (Burma) and China. But there is no risk to find them here: everything is fake. A real jade piece can reach tens of thousands of dollars.

It is not true! There is indeed plenty of dyed jade and simulants in the jade market, but there is also "real" jade (even if there is no that much!). And A jadeite can be cheap if it not translucent and if the colour is plain.

What a shame that a serious guide book like The Rough Guide that this short section on jade, whose history is closely linked to China, was so ill-treated! We are going to contact this Hachette Book Publishing so that future editions are corrected.

December 2015 update: the Rough Guide editors are going to change the text on the next edition, that you for helping us to give accurate information about jade to the public!

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