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NEPHRITE JADE - New Zealand

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JADE                  

Small jewellery box containing pieces of nephrite jade from New Zealand


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.

A well known source of nephrite jade is New Zealand where it is known by the Māori name of Pounamu. These rocks are also known as "greenstone" in New Zealand English.

 
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Size:  5 x 5 x 2 centimetres
Weight:  38 grams

PRICE: £7.00