As if I’m not having enough problems, I’m now the victim of an
insane actof generosity.
An elderly friend of my father in law, who upon learning that I was
a beginning silversmith and lapidary, decided to dump a bunch of
rocks on me a couple days ago.
One of those was a rough boulder, about 1 foot long by 5 inches
across, slightly kidney shaped, mostly dark forest green with white
mottling, cannot be scratched by a steel pocket knife, has a smooth
and sticky touch to it, and is very cold to the touch even in warm
weather. It is also extremely heavy.
He claims that it is jade from Norway, that he got in his younger
days (he’s 70+ now). He said he had more where it came from and so
he wanted me to have this piece.
I’ve sent pictures to The Vug and they tentatively identify it as
Since I am but only an egg when it comes to stone shaping, never
mind jade carving, I’m trying to figure out the best use for this
Do I dare cut it up and use it myself, learning how to become a
jade carver by trial and error and ruining most of the stone?
Do I slab it and trade some of the slabs I need for other types
of cabbing rough or even minor supplies, while I play with the rest?
Do I trade away the entire stone for a major piece of equipment
such as a gem faceting machine?
A) Who would be able or willing to give me a definitive analysis of
B) Who would be able or willing to slab the jade in a matter which
does it justice?