JADE was designated the official provincial stone of BC in 1967. The same material prized by Chinese and Maori cultures for millennia, nephrite jade was used by aboriginal people in BC as early as 3,000 years ago. Jade is a blend, or aggregate mineral. Its fibrous nature makes it extremely tough and useful as a tool. In thin section it is translucent so that carvings and sculptures appear to glow when backlit. There are 2 types: nephrite belongs to the amphibole family and has been known since...

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