Chapter 69 Two Dogs
Then, Qian Duoduo replaced the two stone-cutters to cut the stone. He was very careful, as if he was afraid of hurting the jade.
Half an hour later, a black jade about the size of a basketball was presented to everyone. Qian Duoduo took a basin of clear water and poured it on the stone. Suddenly, the black jade became clear.
Under the lamplight, the veins on the black jade were clearly visible; some were like mountains, some rolling rivers, some natural ink paintings, presenting a unique image.
Qian Duoduo threw the basin on the ground and exclaimed, “Oh, my God, this is the best quality black ice ink painting seed!”
The crowd was also amazed. Black ice jade was extremely rare. Many people only heard its name, but never saw it. Today, it was amazing to see such a large piece of black ice ink painting seed.
Sun Dingguo was thrilled at first, and then he became distressed at the thought of his gamble. Compared with this excellent black ice ink painting seed, his jade was nothing at all.
While everyone was amazed, someone suddenly said, “Tianda, what’s this ugly black thing? It must be worth nothing. Bring me those two dogs.”
It was Zhou Cuicui who spoke. Even Feng Tianda was ashamed of her ignorance. He wanted to stay away from this silly woman immediately.
Qian Duoduo took a deep breath and suppressed his excitement. He stood up and looked at Zhou Cuicui, thinking of how stupid the ugly woman was. As the younger sister of the Jade Gang, she didn’t even know about black ice jade.
In fact, it was not surprising. Zhou Cuicui was the only family of Zhou Tianhu, the Jade Gang master, since their parents died long ago. After gaining power, he did not let Zhou Cuicui participate in the affairs of the gang. She was drinking, eating and playing everyday, so she did not know much about jade.
One of the crowd asked, “President Qian. Tell us what is black ice jade and what is a black ice ink painting seed.
“Well, I’ll tell you about it.” Qian Duoduo cleared his throat and said, “Black ice is a kind of ice jade. Some people call it black jade. The ancients once called it Black Chicken.
“Black originally meant the dirty color of jade, so its value had been relatively low for many years. However, in recent years, the situation has changed fundamentally; the price of black ice jade has risen sharply, and has not reached its peak yet.
“The first reason is that black ice jade is extremely rare; the quantity is very small. When a thing is scarce, it is precious. Second, it is because people find that black jade can produce a unique sense of a Chinese painting because of its diversity, and different species had different effect.”
The man in the crowd asked again, “Chairman Qian, so how to judge the grade and value of black ice jade?”
“Black ice jade is divided into five grades according to its purity, uniformity and shade. According to the appearance of this black ice jade, pure and rich black distributed evenly. It belongs to the best grade.
“In addition, the value of black ice jadeite depends on whether it has a pattern. The kind that has a pattern is called black ice ink painting seed. If the pattern is obvious, that people can see at a glance the effect of an ink painting, then it is of the best grade.”
Speaking of this, Qian Duoduo pointed to the black ice jade in front of him and said, “Look, this black ice jade has pure and evenly distributed color. The most important thing is that the pattern is very clear. It is like a magnificent ink landscape painting. So I confirm it is the best black ice ink painting.”
There was a sudden uproar among the crowd; all of them marveled at Qin Haodong’s good luck. That little white dog had actually chosen such an excellent jade for him.
Someone couldn’t help asking, “Chairman Qian, how much is this black ice ink painting seed worth?”
Qian Duoduo said with emotion, “The value of black ice jade is rising day by day, which is not easy to evaluate. At last year’s auction in Hong Kong, someone bought a piece of black ice jadeite for 20 million yuan. And that one was absolutely inferior to the one before us in terms of quality.
“If Little Qin is willing, I would like to offer thirty million yuan for this jade.”
“Thirty million… God, thirty million… Tomorrow I will bring my dog with me to see if I can find a three million jade!”
“It’s so annoying that a dog has chosen such a good stone. I’ve been in the industry for so many years, now even a dog is better than me…”
“Feng Dashao is not as good as a dog, and even the experts he invited are not as good as a dog, let alone you…”
Hearing the comments around them, Feng Tianda and Sun Dingguo were quite embarrassed. It made sense to lose a gambling game, but it was ridiculous to lose to a dog. They were too ashamed to face anyone.
Qian Duoduo looked at Qin Haodong and said, “Brother, I’d like to pay thirty million yuan for your black ice ink painting jade. To tell you the truth, the price is not very high. But I can only pay so much money.”
Although he was the president of the Jade and Stone Association and had made a lot of money these years, but most of the money had been used to buy precious stones, which he stored at his home. He only had around forty million yuan in cash; with ten million yuan he had been spent just then, leaving only thirty million yuan.
Qin Haodong had a good impression of Qian Duoduo. Seeing that he spoke sincerely, he said, “Since you like it, just take it!”
“Great. Thank you, Brother Qin,” Qian Duoduo said happily, giving a check of thirty million yuan to Qin Haodong. The price of this black ice ink painting seed was about 30 million yuan now, but there was absolutely a lot of room for appreciation. He would make a big profit from it.
After paying the money, he suddenly remembered that he still had the responsibility as a referee, so he hurriedly declared, “The result of this round of gamble has come out, and Qin Haodong won.”
People could tell the result even if he did not announce it. Although Sun Dingguo’s jade could be worth millions, it was still not comparable to the black ice ink painting seed which was worth 30 million yuan.
After the announcement, Qian Duoduo handed Feng Tianda’s thirty million check to Qin Haodong without hesitation.
Many people were red-eyed. The two stones chosen by the dogs were sold at 40 million yuan in the blink of an eye, and he won another sixty million yuan in his bet. The young man earned money too fast, no wonder people were jealous.
Zhou Cuicui didn’t care about the sixty million lost by Feng Tianda. After all, it wasn’t her money, but she cared about the two dogs.
“Trash, the two of you are trash. You’ve only brought me humiliation. You can’t even get me a dog…”
Zhou Cuicui had never been challenged in the Jade Gang. So she did not hesitate to insult Feng Tianda and Sun Dingguo.
Feng Tianda and Sun Dingguo turned pale. They were used to being complimented. At this time, they were scolded by an ugly woman. They were angry but dared not erupt.
Just then, someone outside the crowd said, “Young madam, who made you angry again?”
Then the crowd scattered, and more than a dozen people came in from outside. Leading was a 60-year-old man with gray hair but full of spirit.
Behind the old man stood a big man wearing an eyepatch. His other eye was so harsh that you could feel he was a fierce character at first sight.
“Uncle Gu, here you are.”
Zhou Cuicui plunged into the old man’s arms as if she had suffered a great grievance.
The old man was Gu Tianfeng, one of the four jade appraisers of the Jade Gang, while the one-eyed man was Meng Gang, a powerful guard under Zhou Tianhu.
Gu Tianfeng practically witnessed the growth of Zhou Tianhu and Zhou Cuicui since childhood. He had no children, so he was very fond of Zhou Cuicui.
He turned to Feng Tianda and asked, “Young master, how did Cuicui suffer such a grievance?”
Gu Tianfeng was a dominant figure in the Burmese jade appraisal industry, so he enjoyed high prestige in the Jade Gang. Feng Tianda dared not neglect him at all. He hastened to say, “Uncle Gu, things are like this…”
He gave a brief account of the story from beginning to end. Finally he said, “Uncle Gu, I was incompetent, losing two bets in succession. I’ve disappointed Cuicui.”
Gu Tianfeng took a glance at Qin Haodong and said to Feng Tianda, “I’m not despising you. But it’s really useless of you, losing to such a young man.”
Sun Dingguo was awkward under the reprimand, but he dared not say a word. Although he had some accomplishments in jade appreciation, he was not at all at the same level as Gu Tianfeng. He was known as an expert, but Gu Tianfeng was a master.
Zhou Cuicui cried and said, “Yes, they are too useless. Uncle Gu must avenge me.”
“Don’t worry, I’ll make an exception and help you.”
Gu Tianfeng occupied a very high position in Myanmar, and ranked among the top ten masters in the raw gemstone appreciation.
Ordinary people spent at least 1 million yuan to invite him to identify gemstones each time, and this depended on his mood. Many times he ignored invitations even if the price was high.
He turned to Qin Haodong and said, “Excellent young man, dare you gamble with an old man like me?”
“OK, OK! Tangtang wants to watch it!”
The kid agreed directly. Papa had won both games just now, which made her happy.
Qin Haodong did not reject another gamble; any master in his eyes was nothing at all.
“Well, since you are interested, I’ll take another bet with you. Please place your bets!”
Zhou Cuicui cried to Feng Tianda, “Get the money quickly, are you going to let uncle Gu pay for it?”
“OK!” Feng Tianda promised, gritted his teeth and pulled off another check, which he filled out and sent to Qian Duoduo’s hands.
Similar to Lin Momo, his private money was about 100 million yuan. This check was his only property now. If he lost, he would have no money.
Qian Duoduo’s impression of Qin Haodong was also very good. He whispered in his ear, “Mr. Qin, you must be serious this time. This old man is a famous raw gemstone appraiser in Myanmar. I heard that the price of the stone he chooses will rise more than ten times.”
Qin Haodong nodded and said, “I see. Thank you for reminding me.”
Others also thought that in the face of such a super master as GuTianfeng, the young man should no longer choose the raw gemstone with a dog.
Unexpectedly, people heard Qin Haodong murmuring, “Since he is a master, of course I should be serious. I will dispatch two dogs.”
Then he waved to Damao and Ermao, “You two choose together. If you screw up, you can’t have dinner today.”
The onlookers opened their mouths wide. What? Faced with a master, he showed his seriousness by sending two dogs?