Jade is a very beautiful and durable material that has been commonly used for jewelry and gemstones for over 5,000 years. Real jade is hard to come by and might be difficult for the beginner to tell apart from fake jade. Art and antique dealer W. K. Chiu offers a few tips about how to determine if jade is real and one of them involves performing a scratch test. A scratch test determines that hardness of a mineral. Jade is a very hard material. In fact, Jade is a lot harder than steel. Jade has a hardness of between 6 and 7 on Mohs hardness scale. Steel, on the other hand, has a hardness of 5. In order to test the hardness of jade, you can scratch the material with a knife or needle. If you are able to scratch it, then the jade is fake.
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