Jade is one of two gemstones, Nephrite Jade or Jadeite Jade.
Nephrite Jade, (a silicate of calcium and magnesium), is the historical Chinese Jade, or Stone of Heaven, a stone revered by the Chinese for more than 5000 years. Nephrite is prized for its special qualities: its extreme toughness—the toughest of any natural stone—its alluring translucency and a smooth polished feel.
Colours of Nephrite Jade range from pure white to all shades of green. All of the products from the Jade Mine are 100% pure, Nephrite Jade. No artificial colouring, dyes, or any treatment to enhance the colour are done to the Jade Mine's Jade. GUARANTEED.
Jadeite Jade: (silicate of sodium and aluminum) A relatively new jade introduced to China from Burma in 1784. Gem quality Jadeite is extremely rare and thus extremely expensive. Often mislabeled as "Chinese jade," (it was never found in China), Jadeite is slightly harder than Nephrite Jade.
Colours of Jadeite range from white to black with intense greens, with lavender being the most sought after.
Jadeite is often colour enhanced and expert advice should be sought when investing in Jadeite jewelry.
Our Nephrite Jade is graded by its natural quality. Our highest quality is AA followed by A, we save this quality of jade for our jewelry, bangles and beads. Occasionally we find AA and A grade in our carvings as well. The next grade is B grade which we use for our specialty items and carvings. The lowest quality of our jade is C grade which is usually left in the mountain.
Nephrite Jade is an extremely tough material to work; it is fibrous in structure, similar to a handful of human hair. Due to this fibrous structure it cannot be cut with chisels, it has to be ground using very hard sharp abrasives: diamonds. All of the saw blades we use have diamond embedded in a soft matrix. This allows the soft matrix to slowly wear away exposing new diamond. It is the hardness of the diamond particles being dragged over the softer Jade that does the cutting.
Yes, the Jade Mine offers a special sample package of jades weighing more than 1 pound for a special web price of $50.00. You can purchase online, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact us by telephone or mail.
One-of-a-kind sculptures are made by a few recognized sculptors in Vancouver, Canada. The animal and collectible carvings are hand made by carvers in Asia. Each one is individually designed and sculpted. No two are exactly alike.
On several of the web pages, you will see a sales grid containing items such as jade collectibles and jewellery. These pages are clearly distinguishable by noting the "Add to Cart" buttons near a product list.
You may purchase Carvings from our onine ordering system by simply clicking the "Add to Cart" button near each listing. As you add items, the system will display the current status of your order. To continue shopping or adding items, click the "Click Here to Continue" link at the bottom of the order list. You may order more than one of each item by specifying a different quantity before adding, or by changing the quantity on the order list and clicking the "Update" button.
Use the search bar located on the top left side of the page. Try to use as few words as possible: for example if you are looking for a star pendant, type in star. All of our finished goods are sorted into five categories:
Carvings, Gifts, Jewelry, Rough Jade, and One of a Kind.
Carvings are listed in categories.
Gift items are listed alphabetically by main subject.
One of a Kind pieces are all displayed on one page.
Rough Jade can be ordered in sample pack form, or larger one of a kind pieces.