Material: Cat's Eye Evergreen Jade™ (Nephrite)
Weight: 2.690 lbs.
Dimensions: 12.4cm x 10.2cm x 8.0cm
Regular Price: $1,345.00 (USD)
Video of this material: https://www.facebook.com/BullTroutJade/videos/1303292596364944/
From the second discovery of its kind on Bull Trout Jade's claims near Darrington, Washington comes this jewelry-grade "cat's eye jade." As the name suggests, this material has a distinct alignment in its fibers that causes a "cat's eye" effect across the surface of properly cut and oriented cabochons. This is a large piece of rough, suitable for a large number of cabochons. There are several fractures in this piece that delineate its individual "seeds," though the spaces between the fractures are quite large, so isolating fracture-free material for cabochons should not be difficult.
This is a very challenging material to carve, as its hardness and toughness varies based on orientation and very little heat must be used during polishing. If you would like more information on cutting and polishing this material, please contact us either through etsy or at info [!at] washingtonjade.com
For information on this material and others at wholesale prices, contact us through etsy or at info [!at] washingtonjade.com. Don't forget to visit www.washingtonjade.com for information on all of our available materials.
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Washington's Premier Nephrite Jades
Few know of the quality of the nephrite jades found in Washington. A handful of experienced and gifted collectors searching the rivers and streams find some of the world’s most beautiful and rarest varieties of nephrite jade; however, the treacherous mountains and heavy rainforests have conspired to keep the sources largely hidden. But gem grade nephrite jade is only found in special places. After several years we have learned a few of the secrets to finding these places.
Rarest of the Rare Jades
Washington is one of the very few locations in the world where botryoidal jade is found. We call them Dragon Bubbles. But the best stones often find their way out of the state and lose their identity in the inscrutable realm of the international jade collector. Other stones containing some of Washington’s best gem grade nephrite jade find a similar fate as expensive jewelry and carvings. But what has been found in our Rivers and streams only hints at what remains to be revealed.
Jade Builds Community
Stronger that steel, tools made of jade were durable and saved labor helping early human communities to grow. This helped the Maori in New Zealand; the Olmec, Maya and Aztec in Mesoamerica; and the emerging dynasties in China to transcend the Stone Age in many ways, with jade becoming a cultural and spiritual centerpiece. In Washington, artifacts show that jade was used in trade and was an important part of early tribal cultures. A cottage industry harvesting local jade has sporadically followed. Currently, there is a tremendous international revival in jade that is catalyzing an explosive grass roots jade culture in Washington.
Artisanal Harvest Policy
The beauty of our jades reflects the majesty and mystery of the mountains and forests in which it is found. To leave no impact, only very small amounts of the best gem grade material are harvested as the artisanal community’s needs are modest. This takes patience as each boulder must be evaluated for both its artistic potential and for its place in the environment using state of the art technology. Appropriate boulders are then carefully removed using experienced hands with a commitment to stewardship and with the intent to establish best practices for the harvest of jade.
BTJ maintains a carver’s reserve of gem grade material and a sculpture’s reserve of stones up to 1000 lbs collected from these claims. BTJ has also identified several dozen stones from 1000 pounds to several tons, some of which will comprise an in situ sculptors’ reserve. Under this program, sculptors can select stones in the field for specific projects and BTJ will harvest the stones. BTJ currently offers consignment terms at favorable prices to local artisans on a case by case basis.