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My father bought some lovely chess sets from all over the world and I wonder if anyone can help me & my mom determine what they might be worth. This one is from China and I'm guessing was bought around 1980 or so. It's quite large and the pieces look to be jade and onyx. Any insights/advice would be most appreciated.
I know very little about non-Staunton sets. You may want to reach out to some of the better known collectors like Jon Crumiller - perhaps they might be able to provide an assessment.
In general, I doubt sets of this kind would fetch any significant price beyond the value of the material used, unless they are antique (which this one doesn't seem to be). Is it real jade? Does it feel cold to the touch?
It's not jade and it's not really worth anything sorry to say. It's quite attractive, though.
Too hard to tell just from a pic if its jade or not. If it is real jade there are different qualities of jade, that are prized more than others. Usually ( key word here) the darker the green the better, however luminious qualities in it are prized sometimes. However if it is color treated it lessens the value significantly. You could take it to a gemologist to be sure. That will cost you money, or you can spend money to buy the equipment needed. A vital tool is the Spectroscope, (its not necessarily cheap though). I was/and still love the study of rocks. Far from an expert, just another hobby from my youth. Good luck.
It's very easy to tell these are fake from the pic because it's not an uncommon set. Here it is new for $80: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Jade-Onyx-Vintage-Travel-Chess-Set-w-Silk-Board-/161116537771 They actually might be carved serpentine or soapstone; it's surprising how cheap they can do that, but they also might be some kind of resin or green glass. A jade chess set would be very rare and cost thousands of dollars.
Yes tmkroll, and I am very doubtful its real jade as well. I've even seen the ones on ebay before, and buyer should always beware, but you can't really tell if its jade, or not, just from a picture. I have seen jade that looks identical to every shade of green, that his chess pieces are as well. Yes it is probably carved resin, maybe serpentine, even soapstone, those are good guesses by you. it could even be another type of stone. It is doubtful its jade and I do agree with you on that. I think they mean jade colored to mislead people.
It's beautiful. Thanks for sharing! I don't own a chess set but would love to have something like this.
Yeah, that appears to be not real jade. Wouldn't line my cat box with those pieces . . .
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