Few gemstones are imitated as often and as deceptively as jade. Eric Hoffman's presentation will briefly review the characteristics of true jade – nephrite and jadeite –and then focus on the many look-alikes, treatments and alterations. He will also explain a few simple tests to defend yourself against fake jade, using equipment you already have.
Hoffman is an aerospace engineer who spent his career at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory and retired as Space Department Chief Engineer. He has been studying, collecting and selling Asian arts, antiques, antiquities, and most especially, jades and snuff bottles, for more than 45 years. A member of the worldwide organization Friends of Jade and the Association for the Study of Jewelry and Related Arts, he is jade consultant to the Chinese Cultural Relics Association and contributing editor to Adornment magazine. He has written about and presented many lectures on the subject of jade over the years.
All are welcome to attend: whether you're a GIA graduate, student, industry associate, hobbyist or guest. Please share this invitation with any others you feel would be interested.