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.
USES OF JADE:
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.
HOW TO IDENTIFY JADE:
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 JADE RESERVE:
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.
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ARCTIC JADE FROM BRITISH COLUMBIA CANADA
THE FOLLOWING MATERIAL IS WHAT WE COULD WELL SEE AT THIS YEARS JADE AUCTION! WE ARE TAKING APPLICATIONS TO BID BY PROXY FOR SERIOUS AND AGGRESSIVE BUYERS.
WE KNOW A FEW OF THE KEY BUYERS IN THE INDUSTRY WE HAVE A VERY GOOD KNOWLEDGE OF WHAT WILL BE MOST LIKELY UP FOR SALE AND SOME OF THOSE WHO WILL BE BIDDING ON THE MATERIAL. THERE IS STILL ROOM THIS YEAR TO GET IN ON THE AUCTION. THE CHIEF ASSOCIATE OF E-NETWORKASSOCIATES.COM AND GEOLOGIST ARE PREPARED TO GRADE AND BUY ON YOUR BEHALF.
JADE PICTURE ALBUM LINK As the auction is on OCTOBER 16th 2012 anyone wishing to have proxy bidding services will have to make their application with us as soon as possible and completed by the 13th of October 2012
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Hello and good day to you our friends and associates here in British Columbia, Hong Kong / Mainland China, the USA, Australia, and Pakistan!
Well it has been another great season for mining in BC.
In this News Letter…..
September 2012 –
Peregrine Diamonds Ltd. (“Peregrine” or “the Company”) is doing two diamond core drills on Baffin Island half pike diamond field this winter. To our best knowledge there has been found micro diamonds on previous core drilling and more information will come after this winters exploratory work
Word to the Wise – Something to watch.
Magnesium Silicate is being tested by the Japanese government as an alternative fuel to their nuclear energy program. This is coming from high level sources with in Japans geological and energy sector.
This is something that can be good new for Ontario (large amounts are deposited there) and is something we will keenly being monitoring for developments. Word to the Wise.
B2Gold aims for diversity, growth with CGA bid
VANCOUVER — Vancouver-based gold miner B2Gold (BTO-T) looks to be banking on its proven ability to operate successfully in difficult locales, as it moves forward with an US$1.1-billion, all-stock friendly bid for Australia’s CGA…
In BC’s Jade / Nephrite Mining Sector…
We are pleased to report that D1 D7 was sold (under contract at the moment) by our good associate in the Dease Lake region. As there is confidentiality issues to be mindful of we cannot make full disclosure of the particulars. What we can report is that the sale (pending final closing) is to a Chinese interest. We wish them well and are going to be pleased to help them in the future with operation support and consulting as well as being privy to the harvest that they realize from those claims.
I personally can’t wait to see the material they are sure to extract and again congratulations are in order, We hope that the closing is a smooth one and we welcome the new owner / operator to British Columbia.
2012 AUCTION DATE SET – OCTOBER 16 2012
A Sample of what we are likely to see up for auction this year:
We have reason to believe that there is white jade coming through to us from a CANDIAN SOURCE. All that is pending is the Geologist reports. We are about to receive control test samples of this White “Jade” to do our own independent testing.
What we can report is that a government geological agency has tested the material that has been found and to the best of their knowledge IT IS NEPHRITE!
As white Jade is not routinely found in Canada there is much speculation and apprehension in announcing that this find is 100% verified.
We are working at securing the definitive geological analysis of this Jade.
We are so very excited at the prospect of this being the find that we hope it is.
Report on our survey work…
In the Liard district our geologist and partner has done extensive survey work on a number of the claims that where for sale and has come to a professional conclusion that a number of these claims have been worked out and his finding are that most of the leftover material are of C grade or lower quality.
Recent Jade Claims Sales In The Dease Lake Region…
Permits and interior claims issues.
Issues such as the ones that have popped up this season are a reminder to us in this sector how we must make clear and full disclosure in any transfer agreements / sales so as to avoid encumbering a project or sale down the road and mitigate the chances of litigation and lengthy court proceedings.
Where there is an overlapping of mineral and metal claims it is important that all interested parties are notified of such sale and or transfers and to be a member in good standing of the small and tight knit Jade producing community it is always important to make efforts to introduce your selves.
In the case of acquiring permits for operating it is important to make certain that compliance and approval from the Province of British Columbia is in order before any work is engaged in. British Columbia has been known to levy fines to offenders and or those with out officially approved applications and or permits.
It goes to show you that even among the most veteran operators the mining industry in particular contracts are never routine and that our government is aware of the regions operations and can / will intervene with operators who are not in compliance. Junior mining companies should take note and govern themselves accordingly.
WE HAVE PRIVATE JADE AND GOLD CLIAMS FOR SALE
As usual we have access to many gold claims both here in BC and the Yukon. Several very good claims some starting as low as $25,000.00 / claim.
We have 5 privately held Jade claims left. Amazing opportunities for those who are motivated to acquire a stake or expand their positions in BC’s Jade mining sector. It is very rare that such claims come available. Again these are private and discretion is a must.
Contact us today for more details. Serious inquirers only please.
Jade Carving – Taishan Mountain…
From China – Price: $188,888.88
Please visit the following link for more details:
BC Mining News From The Province of British Columbia…
New Afton brings prosperity to Kamloops
KAMLOOPS – Mining has come back to British Columbia in a big way as the New Afton Mine celebrates its grand opening. The mine is the second new mine to open in as many years in the province.
More than 400 people are currently employed at the New Afton Mine. From the start of mine development, New Gold has actively recruited people from the local Kamloops area; 75 percent of the New Afton workforce has been hired locally, including more than 100 BC Aboriginal Mine Training Association candidates.
In 2010 government signed an Economic and Community Development Agreement with the Secwepemc Nation, which will share mineral-tax revenue generated by the mine. The agreement, one of the first in Canada, places a strong focus on community development to help First Nations achieve their social and economic goals.
New Gold is also the winner of the 2011 Mining and Sustainability Award. This award, which recognizes their work on the New Afton project, is a joint initiative of the Mining Association of British Columbia and the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Natural Gas, and recognizes companies, communities, First Nations, non-governmental organizations, government agencies and individuals committed to advancing and promoting sustainable development in the B.C. mining sector. New Gold is being honoured for their ongoing commitment to health and safety, community engagement, the environment, advance reclamation and conservation during the course of the project.
Premier Christy Clark –
“Our government made a commitment as part of the BC Jobs Plan to open or expand 17 mines by 2015 and today’s announcement is proof that our plan is working and we are delivering. The mining sector is truly enjoying a renaissance in our province and significantly contributes revenues to the government which allows us to invest in our roads, highways, schools and hospitals.
“I would like to congratulate New Gold on the New Afton development and their investment in Kamloops and our province. Today is a good day for British Columbia.”
Minister of Energy, Mines and Natural Gas and Minister Responsible for Housing Rich Coleman –
“Congratulations to New Gold and its employees on the opening of the New Afton Mine and on winning the 2011 Mining and Sustainability Award. This is an exciting time to be a part of the mining industry in B.C. New Afton is the latest example of how our government is working with industry to increase investment and expand job creation to build a better quality of life for future generations while making sure sustainable practices are encouraged and rewarded.”
Minister of Environment Terry Lake –
“New Afton Mine is an award-winning example of sustainable and responsible mining practices giving British Columbians further proof that economic growth doesn’t have to happen at the expense of our environment. This ensures long-term benefits for all British Columbians as we continue to build a vital economic future we can all share.”
Karina Brino, president and CEO, Mining Association of BC –
“We would like to congratulate New Gold on the opening of the second mine in as many years here in British Columbia. The Mining Association of BC is honoured to recognize the contribution made here in sustainable mining and towards a positive future in the mining industry.”
Why It Matters:
Mining contributes hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue that helps pay for government services like health care and education. (More than $400 million estimated for 2011.)
In 2011, more than 29,000 people were employed in the minerals economy in over 50 B.C. communities.
·The opening of New Afton marks the second new major metals mine to open in the province since 1998.
·New Afton is an underground gold, copper and silver mine, developed by New Gold at a cost of $760 million and is expected to yield an average of 85,000 ounces of gold and 75 million pounds of copper annually over its 12-year mine life.
·Under the BC Jobs Plan, two new mines have begun production, one is under construction, and three more have received permits with construction expected to start this year. Five mine expansions have been permitted.
New Afton http://www.newgold.com/Home/default.aspx
To read The BC Jobs Plan: One-year Update: www.bcjobsplan.ca
Contact: Sandra Steilo
Media Relations Ministry of Energy and Mines
Tel: 250 952-0617
Connect with the Province of B.C. at www.gov.bc.ca/connect
HHP SUMMIT 2012
September 26, 2012 to September 28, 2012
HHP Summit 2012
High Horsepower Summit takes place in Houston where you will network with industry leaders to learn about the many benefits of utilizing natural gas in off-road equipment operations.
HHP Summit 2012 will showcase market trends, opportunities, and economic and environmental benefits of natural gas fuels use in:
ON-SITE POWER GENERATION
Visit online to learn more: www.hhpsummit.com/index.html
Location: Houston, Texas
Conference of Metallurgists – COM 2012
September 30, 2012 to October 03, 2012
Conference of Metallurgists – COM 2012, held in conjunction with Pressure Hydrometallurgy September…
The industrial world of metals and materials keeps changing. The pace of change and intensity of competition increases; society demands better products and cleaner technologies. All metals and materials professionals from their different posts of engagement, being these industry, government or academia, work to meet the new challenges.
Global partnerships and technological innovation is the assured way by which we can achieve our goals. The technical program will feature papers from all fields of minerals, metals and materials technologies; but the conference focus will be a number of key international symposia. In addition to the technical program, the conference will offer a Metals Trade Show, Short Courses, and Technical Tours. Organized by MetSoc and the Hydrometallurgy Section of MetSoc of CIM.
For more information visit: http://www.cim.org/COM2012/index.cfm
Location: Niagara Falls, Ontario
All in all it has been Prosperous year in BC’s mining sector and we foresee no stopping that.
We trust that you are friends and associates have had a wonderful and prosperous mining season. As the snow starts to fall and brings a close to another mining season we encourage you to let us know how your season was, and share with us your successes and challenges.
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Vancouver Police are issuing a warning to the public, particularly the Chinese community, about a scam targeting Chinese senior citizens. The VPD warned of a similar scam back in 2008 and it has now resurfaced in Vancouver with at least one person being victimized.
In this latest complex and well choreographed scam, a 60 year old Chinese woman had just finished shopping in Chinatown on June 9th and was walking back to a bus stop on E. Hastings Street when she was approached by another Chinese woman that she did not know.
The stranger struck up a conversation and asked her for directions to a jewellery store. The stranger then took out two jade bracelets from her purse and said she wanted to pawn them. A second Chinese woman appeared and asked the victim if she knew the woman with the jewellery, telling her that she had seen the bracelets and they were very rare and very hard to find.
When the woman with the jewellery walked away, the second suspect continued talking to the victim, telling her that bracelets like those had cured her Aunt’s paralysis and suggested they go find the woman to buy the bracelets.
As they began to look for the woman with the bracelets, a third Chinese woman approached them and the second suspect pointed out to the victim that she was wearing a bracelet similar to the ones that the first suspect was trying to pawn.
When asked why she was wearing the same type of bracelet that another woman was trying to sell, this woman immediately replied that she was not going to sell the bracelet and that it was made of very rare “blood” jade. She explained that the previous owner of her bracelet had died while wearing it and her spirit was absorbed into it, giving it special powers.
Furthermore, she explained that bad luck, such as a loved one dying, would befall anyone refusing to buy a “blood jade” bracelet and that the victim had to buy the bracelet if she had the chance.
At this point, the victim looked across the street and saw suspects one and two waving at her to join them. After walking over to them, the three suspects began arguing about who had the first opportunity to buy the bracelet.
It was decided the victim would be given the first opportunity and if she didn’t buy it bad luck would befall her. Perhaps knowing that the victim had previously withdrawn $500.00, the woman with the bracelets accepted that but said that the total cost for the bracelet would be $16,000.
The three suspects convinced the victim to go to her bank to withdraw the remainder of the money and even accompanied the victim to her home branch. The total cash amount given to the suspects was $15,000. The suspects gave the victim one of the bracelets and told her not to tell her family and walked away together.
The three suspects are all described as Cantonese-speaking Chinese women between 40 and 60 years old, 5’1” to 5’4” tall. The first suspect with the jewellery was wearing a gray fisherman-style hat and carrying a gray purse slung over her shoulder.
Vancouver Police are warning the public, especially the Chinese community, about this scam and are asking anyone who may have been a victim of this scam or who may have information about this specific incident to contact 9-1-1 or Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 222-8477 or the Chinese Community Policing Centre at (604)688-5030.
Adapted from Jade: The Mystical Mineral
by Andrew Scott
1 The venerable Phra Yanaviriyajan, Lord Abbot of the Wat Dhammongkol Monastery in Bangkok, sat deep in meditation. The comings and gong of the monks and visitors did not disturb him. The monsoon rains, which poured off the temple’s steep, re-tiled roofs like a torrent of pearls, did not distract him. On this particular day–a November morning in 1991–an unbidden vision entered the abbot’s consciousness. He saw a strange landscape of dwarfed trees and precipitous slopes under a vast, empty sky. In a valley, an enormous weathered boulder lay by a stream, and he knew, with a deep certainty that was beyond thought, that the boulder was jade. He knew that inside the boulder, patiently waiting to be set free, was a jade buddha destined to form the crowning touch to Wat Dhammongkol–a buddha to last as long as the enlightened one’s teachings.
2 The 72-year-old abbot, affectionately known as Luang Poh (“respected father”) Kiyung, had looked for the right material for a statue of the Buddha for five years. Only one scarce substance–jade, a beautiful, durable stone revered throughout Asia for millennia–would do justice to the Buddha and to the temple. But where could he find a piece large enough and superior enough to realize the image he had in mind? Sensing that the unfamiliar landscape of his vision must be in northern British Columbia, where the world’s richest jade deposits are located, the abbot prepared to fly across the Pacific and, as he put it, “just go look for the boulder.”
3 His Thai followers, though, were less sanguine about this strategy. A few days later, as they were still debating what to do next, a fax arrived from a Luang Poh associate in Vancouver who knew of the temple’s requirements. It spoke about the president of a B.C, jade-mining company, a man named Kirk Makepeace. According to the fax, the finest jade boulder Makepeace had ever seen had recently been unearthed by his miners. If Luang Poh was interested, he should come to Canada at once. The abbot smiled. The news did not surprise him.
4 He made an immediate trip to the headquarters of Jade West Resources Ltd., Makepeace’s company, located near Vancouver, in the city of Surrey. Several buyers, including a Beijing jade dealer, were interested in the 32-tonne boulder, which had been cut into three car-sized chunks so it could be transported from the mines. The abbot decided then and there that the pieces were what he’d been looking for, paid for the stones, and had them shipped to Thailand. The $350,000 transaction was the biggest sale ever of B.C. jade and strengthened Canada’s reputation as the leading producer and exporter of the semiprecious mineral. It also cemented Makepeace’s reputation as the country’s most astute jade hunter.
5 Most Canadians are likely unaware that B.C. holds vast reserves of jade, and supplies more than three-quarters of the 300 tonnes that the world currently consumes annually. British Columbia exports most of its jade to China and Taiwan, where 50,000 artisans labour in less than ideal conditions. The best is used in jewelry, and the rest is carved into amulets, figurines, incense burners, and the like. Some jade comes back to Canada in the form of beads, tiny maple leaves, or bears with fish in their mouths, which are sold to tourists as souvenirs. Some never leaves the country, and is fashioned instead into expensive sculptures by a select group of artists.
6 Jade has been carved and treasured for more than 3,500 years in China, where it became associated with five virtuous qualities: kindness, because of the warmth of its lustre; integrity, because its inner beauty can be seen from the outside; wisdom, because, when struck, it gives off a tranquil sound that carries far; bravery, because it cannot be crushed or twisted; and purity, because it takes a sharp edge but is not used for violence. Jade became synonymous with beauty and nobility–the “stone of heaven,” representative of the emperor’s divinity, and honoured as a symbolic link between life and immortality.
7 Most of the oldest Chinese jade pieces are nephrite, a silicate of calcium, magnesium, and iron. B.C. jade is nephrite also. Confusingly, a different mineral–a silicate of sodium and aluminum known as jadeite–is referred to as jade as well, though it is much rarer and brighter. Both types come in white, red, blue, black, and yellow, as well as the trademark range of greens.
8 What gives nephrite its special value, beyond the subtle beauty of its coloration, is toughness. Composed of fine, fibrous crystals tightly matted and locked together, nephrite takes fine detail when carved, polishes to a rich glow, is hard enough to resist accidental abrasion, and is just about impossible to shatter. Jade sculptures, while notoriously difficult to carve, last a long, long time.
9 For nephrite production to succeed at any mine site, three conditions must be satisfied: high quality, sufficient quantity, and reasonable ease of access. In Canada, the region where it happens predominantly is northern British Columbia. I had seen the shiny green bears and geese in souvenir shops, all marked “B.C. Jade”, aimed at Japanese visitors, but never really associated the legendary stone with Canada. In fact, nephrite has only been mined seriously on the West Coast for three decades, but the province’s aboriginal peoples have used it for mare than 4,000 years. They carved axe heads, chisels, and clubs from nephrite, as well as knife blades, drill points, and picks.
10 After doing a little reading, I developed a strong urge to head upcountry and see the nephrite mines for myself. I soon found that if I wanted to learn about jade production in Canada, I would have to talk with Kirk Makepeace. By buying out his competitors, Makepeace has emerged as the biggest player in B.C. jade. His company, Jade West, extracts nephrite at several northern sites, including Kutcho Creek, 1,000 kilometres north of Vancouver. In the summer of 1995, I arranged to meet Makepeace at Smithers, one of several jumping-off spots for British Columbia’s northern wilderness. At the last minute, Luang Poh had also decided to make the journey–his second visit to the mines. He had recently purchased another large boulder from Jade West, this one destined to embellish a Buddhist temple he was having built in Niagara Falls, Ontario.
11 During a smooth flight over the verdant but tree-sparse Spatsizi Plateau, we glimpsed the Stikine Plateau, western rampart of the Cassiar Mountains, remote and forlorn. From the air we could appreciate how the region’s geology made for perfect conditions for jade to form. Three hundred million years ago continents collided along a series of fault lines that run north and south down the entire length of the province. Today a jade-studded belt of serpentinelike rock is a reminder of the event. Nephrite is found in the northern Omineca district and around the town of Lillooet, much farther south, where small boulders of alluvial jade can sometimes be picked up beside the Fraser River.
12 Not that the jade is there for the taking. Almost all of the jade boulders on the surface–sculpted by retreating glaciers–have already been mined. Now the most efficient way to get jade is to dismantle an intact seam. “This kind of mining is ideal for a small operator with an intimate knowledge of the business,” Makepeace explained to us once we landed near the mine site. “The work has to be babied along, which is probably why big corporate concerns haven’t succeeded.”
13 During my visit, the crew was located below a rocky ridge at the foot of a steep slope of talus scree, where they worked a vein, or “lens,” of jade. “This is serpentine,” said Makepeace, fingering a piece of the loose, grey-green talus, “and B.C. has lots of it.” He described how jade often forms where a belt of serpentine is squeezed against a harder bedrock, such as granite, by the movement of the earth’s crust. Over thousands of years, heat and pressure can cause a layer of serpentine to metamorphose into something tougher and more compact–like jade. As the soft surrounding serpentine erodes, the thin band of jade, usually less than two metres wide, is exposed.
14 “Look up there,” Makepeace exclaimed, pointing to a dark olive stripe snaking through the ridge high above us. “We call that the China Wall.” Discovered in 1969 by local prospector Andy Jensen, it is perhaps the richest deposit of jade on the planet. “There are thousands of tonnes of jade up there–enough to supply the world for centuries,” said Makepeace. “But it would be incredibly expensive to mine. What we’ve done is trace that vein down to where we can get at it.”
15 At the base of the ridge, an excavator and bulldozer had cleared away tonnes of serpentine to reveal, in Tony Ritter’s words, “a wall of jade standing upright.” The 28-year-old mine manager was feeling confident. “This jade is proven,” he enthused. “We just have to extract it. Sometimes we remove the contact rock and the jade is not good, so we’ve done a lot of work for nothing. The quality can change as we work along a seam. Or the site may become too difficult or expensive or dangerous to work. You have to develop an instinct for jade.”
16 On a flat bit of ground near the face of the seam, dozens of jade boulders, roughly broken off with the excavator bucket, were laid out. A pair of diesel saws were slowly cutting them into manageable sizes. Gigantic diamond-edged blades removed the dross, revealing smooth faces of shining stone that potential buyers could judge for colour and quality. A young miner was finishing off a partially sawn block with metal wedges and a sledgehammer. Another employee was drilling holes into one particularly large and intractable boulder so that a pair of $20,000 hydraulic splitters could be inserted to begin the tedious process of breaking it in two.
17 There is strong demand for B.C. jade, coming from Europe and Thailand, among other places. Makepeace sees a future for industrial products–tiles, tabletops, and fireplace facings. Promoted through well-produced, innovative products, he proposes jade could become as distinctive a Canadian icon internationally as hockey and maple syrup.