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NEPHRITE JADE - British Columbia, Canada

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JADE                  

Polished slice of nephrite jade from British Columbia


Jade is the common name for a fine-grained rock which has been used for carving and as a gemstone for thousands of years. It is made up of interlocking crystals which make it a very tough rock. The name jade has actually been given to two different rocks: jadeite and nephrite.  Nephrite jade is more common than Jadeite, ranging from dark green to cream-coloured.

Well known sources of nephrite jade are New Zealand and British Columbia. British Columbia is currently the largest supplier of nephrite jade in the world. It is mined in three parts of the province, from hard rock ‘in-situ’ deposits and from giant alluvial boulders that have been moved by glaciers during the Ice Age.
  
This piece is polished on all sides, including the edges. It is seen to be translucent when held up to the light.
  
An acrylic stand is included.
 
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Size:  12.5 x 9 x 0.6 centimetres
Weight:  177 grams

PRICE: £26.00