Material: Washington Grossular Garnet (Massive) Weight: 0.364 lbs. Dimensions: 5" x 2 7/8" x 1/4"+ Price: $199.99 (USD)
A 0.364 lbs. piece of rough grossular garnet harvested locally in western Washington state from Bull Trout Jade's claims. Grossular garnet from Washington generally forms with a white/clear massive garnet base with green garnet crystals distributed throughout. This beautiful material has gained popularity recently due to it's remarkable visual similarity to Burmese (Myanmar) jadeite in its white/green varieties. Unlike jadeite, however, grossular garnet is actually harder with a mohs hardness rating of 7 - 7.5. This wonderful carving material also takes a beautiful polish almost instantly using standard jade polishing techniques, which makes it a superb jadeite replacement.
This is a slightly abnormal 1/4"+ slab characterized by a greater-than-usual amount of green speckling on one side, a white base with no green speckling on the other side, and a thick band of translucent "rootbeer brown" garnet separating (and partially permeating) the two sides. The slab has minimal fracturing with one major penetrating fracture running left-to-right across its cut face (as pictured) as well as some minor fractures in the translucent brown band. This piece would be ideal for faceting work (the translucent brown band contains an estimated 40 - 80 ct. of material) and would additionally produce a number of beautiful cabochons.
Two images of completed carvings made from this material (photographed under daylight-balanced light) have been included for reference. For more information on this material and wholesale pricing, visit www.washingtonjade.com and drop us an email at info [!at] washingtonjade.com.
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Unlike many jades harvested and sold out of Washington state which are misrepresented in their provenance or are just plain soft alluvial material, we guarantee our jades to be of the highest quality and all harvested from Bull Trout Jade's hardrock claims in the western Cascades or from the holdings of the company's trusted strategic partners. In addition, all of our materials are tested using Raman Spectroscopy to verify that they are in fact what we claim them to be. We offer a 30-day money-back guarantee on all of our sales from the date of receipt; just send back the unaltered material and we'll refund the original purchase price, no questions asked.
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