Jade, BC Natural Matte

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Matte Natural BC Jade, is a Nephrite stone. Jade is actually two separate gems, Nephrite and Jadeite….. The name Jade had always applied to nephrite that is until the high quality Jadeite was brought into China approximately 200 years ago.  This gemstone symbolizes a connection between the living and the dead as well as social class, wealth and power.

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Matte Natural BC Jade, is a Nephrite stone. Jade is actually two separate gems, Nephrite and Jadeite….. The name Jade had always applied to nephrite that is until the high quality Jadeite was brought into China approximately 200 years ago.  This gemstone symbolizes a connection between the living and the dead as well as social class, wealth and power.

Nephrite ranges from translucent to opaque and can be light to dark green, gray, black, brown and white, most nephrite is mottled or streaked and the colors are more muted than jadeite. BC Jade, is high quality nephrite, and is actively mined in three parts of the province.  Dease Lake, Mount Ogden and Cassiar.

The BC jade market is booming as the demand for “emperor green” color nephrite is highly sought after in the Chinese market.  As deposits for the green nephrite are found only in 3 locations in the world.  China, Siberia and British Columbia.  BC jade can be found in hard rock deposits or in alluvial boulders that have been moved by glaciers over time.  “New mine jade” is jade discovered in hard rock deposits.  “Old mine jade” is boulder jade that has been dragged by glaciers and only the best boulders survive and are of high quality.

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