Jade is a semi-precious stone that goes by many names, including nephrite, greenstone and pounamu. Typically green or black in colour and often flecked with stunning hints of gold and cloudy milky hues, jade has been revered by cultures around the world for thousands of years. We source our jade from New Zealand and all over the world, including Canada, Siberia, Australia and China.
New Zealand’s European colonists typically refer to jade as greenstone, while Maori people call it pounamu. Elsewhere, geologists call the stone nephrite while gemologists know it simply as jade. Despite regional differences, these names all refer to same material, and we use them interchangeably across our site.