MOUNTAIN JADE sources jade from around the globe. British Columbia to Russia, Australia, to New Zealand, we ensure the most beautiful jade specimens end up with us, carved for you. Read below to learn more about some of the varieties of jade we carve.

New Zealand

New Zealand is the source of some of the finest nephrite jade in the world. Many New Zealanders still refer to New Zealand nephrite jade as greenstone. The most likely source of the name ‘greenstone’ is from an observation by 18th Century English explorer Captain James Cook of a “green, talc-like stone of the nephrite species” used by the indigenous Maori people for tools, weapons and ornaments. In recent years the Maori name for New Zealand nephrite, pounamu, has come into widespread use and has largely superseded the word greenstone.

All New Zealand’s nephrite jade fields are found in the South Island on the western side of an alpine fault-line; namely Nelson, Westland, South Westland, Wakatipu, Wanaka, Livingstone and Milford. With each region tending to produce different varieties, it was often named by Maori for its likeness to objects in the natural world.

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Kawakawa ‘Flower Jade’

This flower jade features a beautiful mottled rind that runs deep into the stone. It is one of New Zealand’s chippiest varieties of jade and extremely difficult to carve,. When designing with this stone in mind, one must create simplistic shapes, and work on a larger scale if the stone is not to be wasted.

Kawakawa ‘Flower Jade’

Kahurangi ‘Flower Jade’

The yellow rind that shoots throughout the outer edges of the stone is where the term ‘flower jade’ comes from. Characterized by cream or yellow coloured markings, they are produced as part of the weathering process. This stones rarity and beauty has meant that Mountain Jade uses it sparingly.

Kahurangi ‘Flower Jade’

Kawakawa 'Flower Jade'

This is a rich green variety of kawakawa jade. When back-lit it is an intense, vibrant green. Tradition suggests that the name ‘kawakawa’ was derived from the color of the kawakawa leaf. Due to its rarity and absolute beauty, Mountain Jade reserves this material for the most special of designs, and jewellery work.

Kawakawa 'Flower Jade'

'INANGA' Jade

Inanga is a pearly white, pale grey-green colour and varies from strongly translucent to opaque. It is a stone characterized by a constant colour, and beautiful translucence. This variety of New Zealand stone is named after the silvery appearance of whitebait, a New Zealand native minnow. This is possibly the hardest New Zealand variety of jade to find.

'INANGA' Jade

British Columbian

British Columbia is the largest source of nephrite jade in the world. On a global scale, it is easily the most sought after  for production carving, because of its deep and light green coloration’s, and its even consistency when carved. Because of these beautiful colors, it is also the most popular with our customers, and we go out of our way to ensure this beautiful material ends up with us, so it can be carved for you.

The best 5% of this stone is, along with white Siberian jade, is the most expensive, and sought after in the world, and we here at Mountain Jade reserve this material exclusively for high-end jewellery.

If you are interested in looked at our carvings in British Columbian jade, simply filter the search results in the shop menu by the British Columbian origin of stone.

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Dark 'Cassiar' Jade

This material is a deep dark green in colour, with sparse scatterings of chrome, the fluorescent green flecks seen in this image. It is extremely hard, and its ability to hold a sharp edge is unparalleled. Because of this its carving possibilities are endless. We use this stone for many of our beautiful designs.

Mountain Jades Dark 'Cassiar' Jade

Light 'Cassiar' Jade

This is a beautiful light green variety of Canadian nephrite. It is laden with chrome, the bright green flecks seen scattered throughout this image. It is our favorite material to carve, and some of the most sought after in the world. Our customers love the vibrant green, and our carvers love its even grain.

Light 'Cassiar' Jade

Australian Black Jade

The small South Australian town of Cowell, on the Eyre Peninsula, is the site of the largest known deposit of black nephrite jade in the world today.

Mountain Jade sources around a tonne of Australia black nephrite from Cowell every year. While we produce a small range of black jade jewellery, the main attraction of Cowell jade is its ability to provide a colour contrast when used alongside other colors of jewellery. It is a beautiful deep black.

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Australian 'Black' Jade

High quality jade from Australia is an intense jet black in colour, with a rind which fades from a bluish hue on the inside, to rich red on the outside. Our female customers love the intensity of the black, and the fact that it can be worn with any outfit. When this variety of jade is polished, it glows. Truly a beautiful stone.

Australian 'Black' Jade

Australian Jade

This image has been included because this stone is so interesting. As hard as the jet black nephrite, and pulled from the same mine, its only difference is in its strange colourations. Almost looking like marbled paint. We hold onto interesting types of jade like this for display in our workshops.

Australian Jade

Siberian Jade

The Sayan Mountains near Lake Baikal, in central Siberia, is the primary source of Russian nephrite jade, with secondary mining occurring along the Onot River, south of nearby Irkutsk. Although Russia produces some of the finest quality nephrite jade, Siberia’s severe weather conditions and inconsistent production means the raw stone is accessible for two to three months of the year at most.

Although Siberian nephrite jade can be leek green with minute flecks of black iron, Russian nephrite jade also comes in shades of white, off-white or brown shades or chatoyant (cat’s eye jade). Mountain Jade’s founder John Sheehan considers the best quality Russian nephrite jade to be pure white with a root beer coloured rind, or a very pale blue green, almost teal colour.

Mountain Jade has sourced nephrite jade from Russia since John Sheehan first made contact with a Russian geologist in New Zealand many years ago.

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Siberian Jade

This variety of jade has splashes of white dotted throughout its beautiful light green flesh. Also scattered throughout are tiny black dots of iron, creating a beautiful kaleidoscope of colour. It is truly a unique stone, and because of this is used for alot of our special designs and commission work.

Siberian Jade

Siberian 'White' Jade

Like the milky white variety, this is also the most sought after in the world. Its hue is slightly bluer, and it fades into the most intense green seen across all varieties of jade. Because of this intensity, it is commonly referred to as 'kryptonite', and is also only used in small amounts for beautiful pieces of jewellery.

Siberian 'White' Jade

Siberian 'White' Jade

AAA grade Siberian material like this is hands down the most sought after nephrite jade in the world, costing more per ounce than gold. It has a stunning milky blue green flesh with a stark white rind. It is flawless. This beautiful material is rarely used, but when it is, only high end jewellery is made.

Siberian 'White' Jade