According to old records, deposits of British Columbia jade in were first identified by Chinese settlers in 1886 while passing through Victoria looking for the gold fields along the Fraser River when jade was considered worthless to them. There is an historical document that mentions how Empress Dowager Cixi, the powerful Queen of Qing Dynasty (China 1908), loved Yi-Qi made from Canadian green jade. Someone in the early visits must have been collecting/filling all their pockets with those worthless pretty green stones. An early rock hound for sure but not the first. Again, in 1930s, European miners found large jade boulders in the tailing from BC gold mines but did not pay much attention to them like many others before. But in 1972, Larry Owen and Gary Gallelli came from California looking for gold and found jade. Finally, the jade was being taken serious as they started their jade mining business (Loex Jades Ltd.). That was the start of commercial mining of Canadian jade. Jade comes in many colors and variations and not just the pure translucent green we see highlighted. There's such a smooth feel to this rough cut slab that is very obvious to jade and it's greener than the pictures capture. Very dense material that polishes like glass and if you think you are seeing stress fractures in the pictures you're not. They are inclusions and much a part of the finished beauty. This is 100% solid, high grade material. -WET pic.-(3"x 2.5"/2.4 oz./5mm thk) very solid .... sweet cutter
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