Canadian Jade Pendant
Nephrite and jadeite jade are two different materials both of which are commonly referred to as jade. Both are rocks which are composed essentially of a single mineral, nephrite contains tremolite and jadeite jade contains jadeite. Both have a strikingly similar appearance and unless you're an expert, it's exceptionally difficult to distinguish one from the other. The confusion dates back to the sixteenth century and stems from a misprint in the translation from Spanish to French of the original name of the stone but despite this, the common term jade persisted and is now so entrenched in common language that it would be far too difficult to start differentiating the two.
Both of these rocks are exceptionally durable and nephrite is one of the toughest known substances. The Chinese have been producing jadeite jade for over 5000 years but it's known to have been used by mankind for at least 10,000 years. Jade has played a part in almost every aspect of Chinese life and culture and some of the earliest records of events are inscribed on nephrite tablets.
Nephrite or nephrite jade as it's most commonly referred to, is the more common of the two and less valuable than jadeite jade and large deposits can be found in northern British Columbia in Canada. Material from this region is often referred to as Canadian jade and Canada supplies 90% of the stones that are used for lapidary purposes across the world.
This marquise shaped nephrite (jade) cabochon is highly polished, slightly translucent and has been crafted into a ladies pendant in a simple sterling silver setting exclusively for Stone Mania.
Weight (grams): 27.2
Size (cms): 6 x 2.6 x 0.8