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FAQs: Frequently Asked Questions

What is jade?

Jade comes in the form of two different stones; jadeite & nephrite. Nephrite is considered the Original jade, the stone which the Chinese have revered since 5000 BC. Jadeite is considered the 'new' jade-being the new comer that started in 1300 and did not make its mark for another 500 years-when trade between China and Burma increased in the 1780's.

Mineralogical Differences:

  • Nephrite is the combination of an actinolite formed with a trimolite to create the fibruous structure : Ca2(Mg,Fe)5(OH)x(Si4011)
  • Jadeite is a sodium aluminium silicate : (NzA1(Si)3)2

Cassiar Jade, Inc. specializes in the highest quality nephrite jade.

 

What is the characteristic of nephrite jade?

Nephrite is the combination of an actinolite formed with a trimolite to create the fibruous structure : Ca2(Mg,Fe)5(OH)x(Si4011)an actinolite mineral. It has a hardness of 6-6.5 moh. Due to it's actinolite structure, it is one of the toughest stones, to be cut, carved and fashioned with diamond tools.

It occurs in the colors of olive, spinach, apple, light, dark, black, cream, blue grey, grey green, and pink.

 

What is the most desired color?

Naturally occurring in different colors, green has always been the most treasured. That which has the most translucent, even, and bright green is often the most desired.

 

OTHER HIGHLY UNIQUE SEMI-PRESCIOUS STONES

"STAR MARBLE" - GUARANTEED TO BE GENUINE AND ALL NATURAL

  • Star Marble - can be found in different parts of the world, however the highest quality stones are from northern latitudes of Euro-Asia, and North America.
  • This is a naturally occurring crystalline limestone. The size of the 'crystals' within the stone may range from very small to large at about 3.5mm in diameter. When the crystals are larger, it creates a 'sparkle' on the surface. When the crystals are very small, the stone is denser and is considered the higher quality-like fine porcelain.
  • Due to the porous nature of the Star Marble, one must be more careful about its surfaces. Non-oily stains can be cleaned by wiping with wet towel. Other stains that may have color, ink or oil must be immediately washed with warm soapy water and towel. However, these tougher stains may not be completely removed.

ARCTIC CRYSTAL and GOLDEN CRYSTAL - GUARANTEED TO BE GENUINE AND ALL NATURAL

  • Both are naturally occurring genuine quartz crystals. Both stones are found in the remote region bordering Russia and China. The hardness of the stone is at about 8-9 on the scale of 10-with diamond being the hardest.
  • The Arctic Crystal can be crystal clear to opaque white. As a natural stone, it may sometimes have color inclusions that are Mother Nature's birthmark, and make each piece a unique and one-of-a-kind. Because this stone is found in very northern latitudes, and it looks much like the ice and glacier ice of the Arctic-this beautiful stone has been named "ARCTIC CRYSTAL".
  • The Golden Crystal can be light yellow to dark rich brown. Its color ranging from that of lemonade to butterscotch to dark caramel. All of the stone's variation and colors are natural-and make each carving individually unique! They look almost good enough to eat!

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