marquise shaped canadian jade ladies pendant crafted in sterling silverCanadian Jade Pendant | Stone Mania
marquise shaped canadian jade ladies pendant crafted in sterling silver
marquise shaped canadian jade ladies pendant crafted in sterling silver
marquise shaped canadian jade ladies pendant crafted in sterling silver

Nephrite Jade Pendant

Price: £36.99
Product Code: CAJE

 

 

Nephrite Jade Pendant

 

 

Nephrite and Jadeite are two different materials both of which are commonly referred to as jade. Nephrite is made up of the minerals actinolite and tremolite whereas Jadeite is a rock that's made up almost exclusively of Jadeite.  Both can have a strikingly similar appearance and unless you're an expert in rocks and minerals it can be 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 one from the other.

Nephrite jade and Jadeite are both tough materials and nephrite is one of the toughest known substances. The Chinese have been producing Jadeite for over 5000 years but it's known to have been used by man 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.  Large deposits can be found in Northern British Columbia in Canada and material from this region is often referred to as Canadian Jade.  Canada supplies 90% of the stones used for lapidary purposes across the world.

This marquise shaped Nephrite Jade cabochon is highly polished, slightly translucent and has been crafted as 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

 

 

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