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I recently went to China for a jade stone auction in Ping Zhou, Guangdong Province. The auction of jade stones imported from Burma was conducted in a closed bid. The raw stones in the pictures below give you an idea of what the stones are like before being made into jewelry. It was an interesting experience!

 
    An uncut stone purchased
       
    The experienced master is cutting the stone
       
    The stone after cut. You will see the base of this opaque Burmese jade stone is actually white with patches of green and black colours in it. A lot of people have the misconception that jade is born entirely green. If it were the case, coloured jade stones of high transparency would not have been so pricy.
       
    Jade auction in Ping Zhou, China
       
    Cut raw jade stones waiting to be auctioned
       
    A piece of lavender jade and a piece of green jade of fair quality