Could you please give an opinion on what someone has called
"bothyroidal" Jade? I’m from Canada, British Columbia - and we have Jade
galore - but now some people are attempting to market this type of stone
at very highly inflated values, i.e. $$/gram, or $$/carat.
Most of the “bothyroidal” jade I’ve seen came from California with
the older material from the Big Sur coast area. I believe
there was a new find in the north-central(?) part of the state
but I have not seen it. The value of most of what I have seen
would be as specimens or a small piece used uncut (but polished)
in jewelry. From what I remember the Northern California material
was controlled by one person, or group of people. If this is still
true, they have it all and can set the price at what the market
will bare. I don’t know what it is selling for so I can’t
comment on the prices you are seeing.
BTW, Welcome to this list - we need a Jade expert!.
I read somewhere that an expert was someone who had read ONE book
on the subject ;-). If I have any expertise it is in cutting
and polishing, not in jade as a mineral.