The traditional method of authentication and appraisal of ancient jade ware is largely based on visual observation techniques. A jade ware appraiser usually conducts a jade appraisal by first carefully observing with his/her own eyes or a hand-held magnifier the color, soak-induced color and surface of, as well as the appearance of marks of crafting on the jade ware, and then making his/her own judgement based on relevant experience and rules. Such an appraisal, if conducted by a professional and credible scholar or expert with the above method, can certainly be of a high degree of precision and accuracy. But here come the questions: Who can really be considered a reliable expert or scholar? When this method of jade authentication and appraisal relies mostly on the observation with one’s own eyes, what exactly are the chances of making a mistake or misjudgment?
The appraisal team of SenHuang Antique Authentication Center have now developed a relatively more reliable method for the authentication and appraisal of ancient jade ware through years of relevant research and development. This newly developed method, featuring a combination of “infrared spectroscopy + detection of residual elements + microscopic identification”, is what we call the “Golden Triangle” cross-detection method. The infrared spectroscopy can be used to detect and identify the texture of jade material. If the ancient jade ware is not made from the jade material that was supposed to be used in the corresponding place of origin or the corresponding era, then the jade ware is highly likely to be fake. In addition, the deceptive practices conducted on the fake jade ware usually involve the imitation and replication of the soak-induced colors of the real jade, making the replicated fake colors almost identical to the oak-induced colors of the real jade, and further making it more difficult for people to differentiate the real jade from the fake ones. However, through the detection of residual elements, one can easily identify whether the colors of the jade ware are fake colors derived from modern colorants or the real natural geologic soak-induced colors of the jade, leaving no hiding place for the fake ancient jade ware with fake artificial colors.
The ancient jade is an inorganic substance, and its main compositions have not been artificially smelted or dissolved. All the technologies currently available have not yet been able to generate one single detection method featuring the absolute dating process. Therefore, besides relying on the above detection technology we have recently developed, we still invite all the experts and professional scholars on ancient jade appraisal to conduct much improved and refined visual observations on jade ware as the final check. We will, through the use of electron microscopy, carefully observe the tool marks left by the knives on the jade ware during the crafting. While many tool marks left by the knives during the crafting seem to be logical and fit with the authentic ancient crafting practices, all their defects shall be explicitly revealed in the electron micro-photographs taken. For example, while the initial visual observations with one’s eyes may indicate that the visible spiral marks left on the jade ware by rotating the knives resemble those generated in authentic ancient crafting practices, these spiral marks are found to be the ones produced with round drill bits in the electron micro-photographs later taken. This is a just typical example of using the relevant electronic technology for the authentication and appraisal of jade ware.
In fact, many high-ranking wealthy collectors have long been using various sophisticated scientific instruments to authenticate and appraise their own collections for years. However, since the costs of these instruments are incredibly high, the use of these instruments cannot be popularized among the general public. Through the cooperation with various laboratories, SenHuang Antique Authentication Center has drastically reduced the authentication and appraisal fees, so that all collectors can truly enjoy the top-class authentication and appraisal services provided at affordable costs.
For a public authentication and appraisal center, there must be a variety of different interests involved in its related business, so there are some fundamental moral beliefs our center should always stick to. In the past, some of the authentication business related to ancient jade was often dominated by those self-claimed appraisers who were also antique traffickers as well as organizers of events and even further organized their own factions to monopolize the trading market, which was a serious violation of the legal ethics in the field of international authentication and appraisal business. Therefore, SenHuang Antique Authentication Center will always stick to its moral ethics and abide by relevant laws and regulations, remain obligated to perform and provide the authentication and appraisal services only, and will never sell or traffic any related ancient antiques . SenHuang Center is constantly making efforts to separate the authentication and appraisal business from the trade and transactions, and is dedicated to creating and maintaining a sound antique collection market.
In the field of collection of ancient antiques and artifacts, what seems to trouble all the collectors most is how to tell whether an antique is “real or fake”. Only through the use of the universally recognized authentication and appraisal technologies can this problem be solved permanently. When a piece of a collection is confirmed to be authentic thorough a series of rigorous testing, its own value is bound to increase. Through our own authentication and appraisal technology, we dedicate ourselves to helping collectors to clear up their doubts, helping increase the value of their collections, and thus bringing more joy and fun to the filed of antique collection. This is also the aim and purpose of the establishment of SenHuang Antique Authentication Center from the very beginning.