Canadian Jade

~ Jade ~ Nephrite ~ The Stone of Heaven ~ 'Ying Yu' 硬玉 ~ Yu 玉 ~ Vancouver British Columbia Canada right in the heart of Canada’s Jade industry ~

Predator Ogden Mountain (BC) Jade

Ogden Mountain (BC) Jade

Great White in Heavenly Green . . .
Some 20 years ago I was commissioned to do a Great White Shark in marble. I did OK given the limited availability of good images of sharks at that time.
I always loved sharks, both as a diver and as a sculptor, and last fall I decide to revisit this powerful life form, this time in jade.

This undertaking brought to mind once more one of the virtues Confucius assigned to jade: “. . like truthfulness, (jade) it does not hide its faults, which only add to its beauty “.  It also reminded me the first thing I learned working with this stone, is that: You can’t rush jade. If you do, it will expose your absence of presence and patience, shortcomings in your skills and lack of respect for the One from the Heaven.

I have also posted here sequence images of creating the shark from the 80lbs rough to the 15″ long 8lbs completed.

Ogden Mountain (BC) Jade
on Calcite Stalagmite
16″L x 12″W x 18″H





Yangzhou Jade Materials Market

The photo on the top was taken inside Yangzhou Jade Materials Market where you can buy rough jade in bulk. In this room were boulders from Siberia, Canada as well as many places in China including Cherchen, Hetian, Qinghai and Nanyang.

Canadian dark green jade was about 2000RMB or $300US a kilo, while good white jade from Qinghai cost as much as 8000RMB or $1200US. It is not possible to buy one or two kilos. You have to buy in bulk.

The photo on the right is of much cheaper jade which is kept in a yard outside. This particular lot was about 100RMB a kilo.

It is also possible to buy the fabulously expensive Hetian river jade at this market. The river jade is bought by the gram rather than by the kilo. Good quality river jade started from about 400RMB a gram which is about $60. This adds up to about $60,000US a kilo. They didn’t have any large pieces of white river jade on sale. That would be at least three times as much again.




B.C. is home to half of the world’s jade, and much of the best quality Jade in the world.

Jade is an extremely tough material used for knives and axe heads in primitive cultures, including the Natives in BC pre-contact.

In the 1860’s through early 1900’s Chinese miners and railroad workers earned extra money by shipping tons of jade from BC home to China where it is highly prized for carving.


Today, High Quality Jade is most often used for fine jewelry. Larger pieces are used for sculptures and table tops. Industrial quality material is used for making tiles.

Jade is the 12th, 30th and 35th Wedding Anniversary Gemstone. In the West, Jade is considered to be nature’s tranquilizer, a stone which helps us to be more calm and relaxed. In Chinese Feng Shui jade is believed to have the power to bring you good luck, ward off evil spirits and keep demons away. Jade was adopted as B.C.’s official gemstone in 1968 through the Mineral Emblem Act.

Though many minerals use the term “jade” as part of their common names, true Jade comes in two groups.

Jadeitite is a rock that consists essentially of jadeite (sodium-rich, high-pressure pyroxene).

Nephrite consists of prismatic to acicular amphiboles of the tremolite-actinolite series forming bundles that are randomly oriented and interlocked. All of the known jade deposits in B.C. are of the nephrite variety.


Nephrite Jade appears in numerous colors, snowy white, bluish white, yellowish hue, brown, gray, black, green, dark green.

1. If you chip the edge of a suspected specimen and it sparkles or glitters, it’s not jade.

2. If you can scratch it with a knife blade, it’s not jade.

3. It should be much heavier than a common rock of similar size. (high Specific Gravity – or heaver than an equal volume of water)

4. Tap The specimen lightly with the point of your pick. If a small moon-shaped fracture shows up, it is agate or jasper, but not jade.

If it is jade, it will have a smooth, waxy, almost greasy, look and feel.


The Fraser River Jade Reserve was established in 1968 and stretched from the Hope Bridge to the Highway Bridge in Lillooet. The BC Government designated this area so anyone can look for and take home jade for private use without a Free Miner’s Certificate. As part of a clean up of redundant regulations, the regulation creating the reserve was eliminated in 2004. The former reserve area is still a great clue where to look for Jade.

Current Government regulations allow anyone to prospect and collect reasonable samples without a Free Miner License so long as they only do the prospecting with hand tools, so leave your excavator at home.

Private property and Indian Reserves must still be respected. Provincial Parks may be restricted areas for prospecting. Your best bet is to go where there is unoccupied Crown land. Also, areas within the River below the high water mark are typically fine. Practice CITO and Leave No Trace Principles when looking for Jade. Only use established trails and public access points. If you want to cross private land, seek specific permission. If you do end up on private property and a land owner asks you to leave you must comply.

In addition to Jade; Gold, Jasper, and many colourful and interesting specimens of igneous and metamorphosed rocks may be found when the water is low.

The Fraser River and its tributaries restock the supply of Jade and other semiprecious stones every year as rocks erode and deposits are uncovered. Jade in the Fraser River system can be found from pebble to boulder size.

Priceless Chinese antiques stolen in raid could be ‘lost forever’, warns judge as he jails gang

Chinese antiquities of ‘incalculable cultural significance’ may have been lost forever after being stolen in a raid, a judge warned today as he jailed the gang responsible.

A hoard of rare Chinese artefacts has been stolen from Cambridge University

A hoard of rare Chinese artifacts was stolen from Cambridge University

Three members of a gang who stole millions of pounds worth of Chinese antiques from a museum in an act of ‘cultural vandalism’ have been jailed for six years each.

The four-strong gang carried out a professionally planned raid to steal the pre-selected items from Cambridge University’s Fitzwilliam Museum on April 13.

They took eighteen irreplaceable ”culturally significant” jade artefacts, worth an estimated total of between £5 million and £15 million.

The ancient items are believed to have been sold to rich private collectors and may never be seen again.

Today, passing sentence at Cambridge Crown Court, Mr Justice Fulford described the raid as an act of ”cultural vandalism”.

The judge said: ”This resulted in the loss to the museum and the public at large, not only in this country but across the world, of pieces of incalculable cultural significance and many millions of pounds in monetary value.

”The likelihood is they passed into private hands and will not be seen again for many generations, if at all.

”Save for the individuals or individual who commissioned this raid, they are effectively lost forever.

”They are rare and beautiful objects and I draw the irresistible inference that they have gone or will go to one or more private collectors.”

Steven Coughlan, 25, Robert Smith, 24, and a 29-year-old man from London, who cannot be named for legal reasons, will each serve six years after admitting conspiracy to burgle.

Marvin Simos, 16, admitted burglary. He was sentenced to a four month detention and training order.

The haul has never been recovered and some of the items may have been damaged as the gang fled, the court heard.

Defence counsel told the court ”others higher up the chain”, who have not been identified, recruited the men to target the jade exhibits.

Among the items stolen were six pieces from the Ming dynasty, including a 16th century carved jade buffalo, a carved horse from the 17th century and a green and brown jade elephant.

A jade cup and vase, which is carved with bronze designs, was also stolen, along with an opaque jade brush washer.

David Scrase, acting director of the Fitzwilliam, said in a statement read to the court that the raid had damaged the museum’s precious reputation for “guarding treasures”.

He added that staff had been shocked by the “brutal” destruction of the Chinese gallery.

“The case has caused tremendous shock to the staff. They are concerned in case there is a further burglary, certainly if it were to take place during the daytime,” Mr Scrase said.

The museum has spent nearly £16,000 repairing the damage.

Prosecutor Peter Gair said none of the defendants had helped police identify where the artefacts might be.

“The conspiracy clearly involved others not known to the prosecution,” Mr Gair said.

“It is very difficult to value these items but various estimates place the value at between £5 million and £15 million.

“Clearly many of these items were deliberately targeted by the defendants because others which could have been taken were not.”

A disc cutter was used to create a hole in a metal shutter before smashing a window, he said.

Two men entered the building where they forced open two reinforced display cases.

All of the group, apart from Simos, had been caught on CCTV before the raid, examining the cabinets.

They were traced using this footage, a fingerprint taken from a brochure which had been handled by the 29-year-old the day before the burglary, and DNA evidence linked to Simos.

Mitigating, Alexander Taylor-Camara said the 29-year-old claimed he had been pressurised into taking part and was not a “professional burglar”.

He added: “Other were involved in this and he is not somebody with a treasure trove stashed away for future use.”

Glenn Harris, for Coughlan, said: “He has lived a pitiful existence and has had problems with drink and cannabis since the age of 11 and class A drugs since the age of 16.”

He had been released from prison for another offence just eight days before the burglary.

Beata Kopel said her client, Smith, was of limited intellect and had never attended secondary school. He was not physically involved in the burglary but took part in its planning.

Simos accepted that he had breached two earlier conditional discharges.

His barrister, Peter Caldwell, said: “He did not enter the building.

“He was recruited the afternoon before the burglary and does not know what happened after it.

“He was thoroughly exploited and was selected for his naivety.”

Each of the men had previous convictions.


Argyle pink diamonds combined for the first time with Imperial Jade in a neckpiece

A necklace named ‘The Argyle Empress’ has been created with the first of its kind combination of Rio Tinto’s Argyle pink diamonds with Imperial Jade. This neckpiece is crafted by renowned jeweler Chow Tai Fook and is valued US$5,500,000.

There are over 43 carats of rare Argyle pink diamonds including five of the signature Pink Tender diamonds, collected over the past five years, combined with 33 rare Imperial Jade beads. According to Josephine Johnson, Manager of Argyle Pink Diamonds, “The Argyle Empress is a celebration of two of the earth’s rarest treasures and is a perfect union between East and West. This heirloom piece of jewellery is the first of its kind for the growing Chinese market and will take its place in history as a coveted masterpiece.”

The Argyle Empress has been designed around two beautiful pink diamond encrusted flower motifs depicting the Hong Kong Camellia, the perfect counterpoint to the verdant colours of the leaves depicted in the surrounding jade. This creation is being showcased at various events in Hong Kong, before travelling to London as part of an Argyle pink diamond jewellery exhibition at Kensington Palace, London.


This jewellery piece is created by Chow Tai Fook
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Nephrite Jade – ARCTIC JADE – SIBERIA RUSSIA – FOR SALE – $X,888.88

Nephrite Jade – ARCTIC JADE – SIBERIA RUSSIA – FOR SALE – $X,888.88


Nephrite Jade

A very beautiful top colour 3.55kg (7.8 pounds) Nephrite Jade slab piece with 2 sides polished the others left as is from Siberia, Russia.

Nephrite Jade

A very beautiful top colour 3.55kg (7.8 pounds) Nephrite Jade slab piece with 2 sides polished the others left as is from Siberia, Russia.

Nephrite Jade

A very beautiful top colour 3.55kg (7.8 pounds) Nephrite Jade slab piece with 2 sides polished the others left as is from Siberia, Russia.

Nephrite Jade ARCTIC JADE

A very beautiful top colour 3.55kg (7.8 pounds) Nephrite Jade slab piece with 2 sides polished the others left as is from Siberia, Russia.