Jade - Frequently Asked Questions
- What is Jade?
- How is Jade cut?
- Can I buy a piece of natural unpolished jade?
- Do you supply Dealers?
- Where are the carvings and sculptures made?
- How do I order items on line?
- How do I search for a specific product on the web site?
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.
Colors 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 coloring, dyes, or any treatment to enhance the color 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.
Colors of jadeite range from white to black with intense greens and lavender being the most sought after.
Jadeite is often color enhanced and expert advice should be sought when investing in jadeite jewelry.
Canadian Nephrite Jade is graded from top quality of AA grade down to C grade. All of our jewelry is A grade unless specified, and our carvings and speciality gifts are B grade. Please do not confuse our grading with Jadeite Type A, B and C, all our jade is 100% natural nephrite jade.
Nephrite Jade is an extremely tough material to work. Nephrite Jade 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 imbedded 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 email@example.com , and 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 Order" buttons near a product list.
You may purchase Carvings from our On-Line ordering system by simply clicking the "Add to Order" 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.
All of our finished goods are sorted into three categories;
Carvings, Jewelry, and Specialty Items.
- Carvings are listed alphabetically by main subject in the carving index.
- Gift items are listed alphabetically by main subject.
- Rough Jade can be ordered in sample pack form,
or custom ordered to suit your needs.
To fine-tune your search, you can scroll through the page, or use your internet browser's "Find on Page" command (often under the "Edit" Menu) to search for a specific word or subject on each page.
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