Part of the collection of shop hints on our web site has a list of
the different types of jade and the common substitutes - and how to
work nephrite - http://www.islandnet.com/~islndgem/HelpH.htm - there
is a picture of nephrite jade on the products page as well. If you
would like some BC nephrite jade to try, contact me off line and I
will see about rummaging through the bit box for a piece for you to
The word jade covers two separate materials, jadeite and nephrite.
This is a bit confusing but once you learn the difference it is not so
Typically jadeite comes from southeast Asia (Burma in particular)- it
has a broad range of colours and is quite pricey. Not to start a
discussion on what constitutes a precious gem stone versus
semi-precious but the price of jadeite definitely puts it into the
more costly bracket. Nephrite jade comes from multiple locations
including BC (which is what I have), the North Western States,
California, Russia, Australia, and a few other places. Typically
nephrite is a green colour, in various tones and shades.
Contact me off line and I can point you to more resources.
Island Gem and Rock