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    Posted 10 years ago

    papa
    (184 items)

    My question today is what kind of Gemstone are these two Chinese foo dogs carved from? Our local jewelry store geologist said they are not amethyst, they are not enhanced with dyes, but would not guess as to what they might be. Claimed he does not guess because he might be wrong. Said they are definitely not amethyst or quarts? Got any guessing gemologists on this site?

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    Comments

    1. Ilikeart, 10 years ago
      Your Foo Dog Lions are exceptionally charming.
    2. papa papa, 10 years ago
      Thanks; real heavy stones too. Not sure what stone is a blue lavender colour but they are hardstone. Most newer carvings are that shoushan stone, a real soft soapstone and a lot of molded glass seems to be on the eBay market as hetian jade, hard to find real rocks anymore.
    3. papa papa, 10 years ago
      Thanks ThriftStoreAddict, Mcgarrett50. Still no guesses on stone?
    4. flowerrose, 9 years ago
      Hmmmm very intriquing. Especially because of the blue colour. I am going to have a look about and see what I can come up with. A form of lapis?
    5. benjaminfig, 9 years ago
      They appear to be a blue Chalcedony, possibly dyed.
    6. papa papa, 9 years ago
      No dye in them, just blueish purple, thinking amethyst
    7. humhand humhand, 5 years ago
      I would bet the farm it is lavander jade...very rare pieces. Hold onto them and of you sell be hard nosed on the price. They don't make many like this anymore
    8. humhand humhand, 2 years ago
      Definitely not agalmatolite. The level of the carving would tell more. I am very familiar with agalmatolite and it is much more opaque than this pair. On the other hand I have seen glass carved to very resemble jade.

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