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There are all too few books on Jade written in English, and a book which is useful to both novices and experienced collectors alike is rare indeed. Now prolific Hong Kong author and gemmologist Cecilia Lam has published Jade, a book which serves as an excellent reference for professional and educators, and as a comprehensive and informative purchase guide for jade lovers of all levels of experience. Jade encompasses a wealth of comprehensive detail, presented in such a way as to be easily accessible even to those without background in the subject. Beautiful illustrations render highly technical aspects easier to grasp. Exploring everything from jade's gemmological properties to its important historical and cultural meanings. Jade displays the wide range of the author's knowledge, gained over many years of experience as a qualified gemmologist. This book is truly a valuable addition to any jade lover's collection. Some of the topics covered included: * Famous Jades * Legend and Superstition * Decorative Motifs and Forms with Symbolic Significances * Identification of B and C Jades * The Valuation of both Nephrite and Jadeite * Advice to Buyers and Collectors * Special Terminology and Jade Markets around the region
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Cecilia Lam was born in Guangzhou, China, but moved to Hong Kong when she was six years old. She is a qualified gemmologist, having received her certification from the Gemmological Association of Great Britian in 1987, finishing as one of only twenty students worldwide to receive a distinction in the gemmology examination that year. She also holds a professional gemmologist's title from the Gemologist Institute of America in Santa Monica, USA. She has held posts as an Executive Committee Menber, Education Director, Publication Director, and Honoary Secretary of the Gemmological Association of Hong Kong, and in her spare time teaches extra-mural courses at the Baptist College and Chinese University to prepare candidates for the professional gemmology examination. On the basis of her creditial and experience, she has, for many years, been the Chief Invigilator and co-ordinator, in Hong Kong, for the annual international gemmology examinations of the Gemmological Association and Gem Testing Laboratory of Great Britian. She is also a popular speaker on gemmology for many community organizations. She supplements her interest in gemmology with a wide range of complementary activities and is well known locally as an informed collector and appraiser of Chinese antiques, having developed the true appreciation of an expert from over 20 years of experience in the field. These achivements are all the more impressive given that they have been conducted in the shadow of a demanding full-time career as a hospital chief executive at Hong Kong's Rehabaid Centre, during which her pioneering work in rehabilitation has been recognized in a number of awards over the last two decades, including the Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award (1988); Hong Kong Telecommunication's first ever Outstanding Achievement Award(1992); a Citation Award from the University of Alberta(1997); the International Lions Club's Outstanding Community Service Leader Award(2001); and a fellowship from the Asian Knowledge Management Association(AKMA)(2003). She has also published more than 10 books written in Chinese language on gem stones and jewely subjects.Review:
Book Review by: Peter Groenenboom, FGA FGG Mrs. Cecilia Lam Shiu Ling is a wellknown gemmologist and a menber of the Gemmological Association of Hong Kong. she has a twenty years of experience in collecting and aprasing Chinese antiques. Last month (June 2005) she published her first book in English language, after ten other gem books in Chinese! This book is about Jade and in my opinion one of the best English books on this subject. Most books about jade are about jade objects, their cultural history and so on. But a book with information about the trade, grading, treatments and imitations is rare. 'Jade' from Ms. Lam is such a book. She starts with explaining what the word jade means for the Chinese and for the rest of the world. There is a big misunderstanding here. What the Chinese people call 'jade' are a range of, if I may say so,'jade-like materials'. While for the rest of the world jade means two different minerals, nephrite and jadeite! In shops where Asian articles are sold artifacts can be found from which the dealer claims that it is made of jade. Often proving it with a Chinese certificate in English. But most of the time it is a serpentine,sausserite or some other mineral(or combination of minerals). In fact the Chinese certificate is right and not right, a matter of opinion! Grading and the trade in rough jade is dealed with as well as the valuation of jade. For collectors, appraisers and gemmologists very important are the chapters about the treatments, identification of jade and jade-like materials. The main factor which makes this book so valuable are hundreds of pictures of objects, often with their value. They show from the most exclusive pieces of jade to pieces of glass. A very big help which will make you more aware of jade beauty and pitfalls! Of course some comments can be made, nothing is perfect. This book is made for everybody and it reads very easely and fluent. But in my opinion the chapter about treatments and imitations of jade could have been more extensively dealed with. Micrphotograps of inclusions and more detailed characteristics would have helped with determination the treatments and jade-like materials. But that might be the gemmologist in me speaking. The price for this book in Europe will be about euro 55, which is a bargain for such a book(size A4,253 pages). This is an absolutely recommendable book!! Peter Groenenboom FGA, FGG --SSEF Alumi News Letter No.2, Sep. 2005
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