This book is a landmark in the study of jade, as well as the most comprehensive photographic collection yet published
over 600 colour photographs
over 600 colour photographs
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I'll start with the good. This is a large, coffee table quality book with ample color photographs and test. It explores jades from around the world, and more specifically jade carvings. It would be wonderful for anyone interested in antiquities, art history, and collecting objects made from jade. If you are that audience, I highly recommend it.
My copy arrived badly scuffed, both on the cover and dust jacket. It was purchased new from amazon, but was in barely "good" condition. I returned it immediately. Amazon has good customer service and I'm sure they would have exchanged it had I wished, which leads to the reason I only gave this three stars.
I'm a fine jeweler. I specialize in jewelry containing colored gemstones including jade, and I purchased the book to expand my knowledge of jades. Unfortunately, there was little gemological data, especially when it came to determining origin and rough quality - a very small chapter's worth.
Got this book in 9 days instead of the usual 2 - 3 weeks delivery to Malaysia - which was a very pleasant surprise.
At first glance this book is big. I mean really big! Bigger than most coffee table books. And if size matters then this book definitely set itself apart in the subject of jade. Superb pictures with rarely seen pictures, technical description of jade crafts in the various cultures it covers and a comprehensive look into the material of jade.
I really have to agree with what some of the critics have describe about this book. It's quintessentially THE BOOK on jade. period.
A beautiful book to read, learn and look at incredible pieces of jade. It is very helpful to the collector in choosing pieces from the marketplace.
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