From National Geographic:
The world's major nephrite production occurs across the Pacific, from the gigantic
surface deposits of British Columbia
by Fred Ward, JADE,
September 1987, National Geographic Magazine.
Jade West is one of the world's largest producer and exporter of nephrite Jade, operating four mines located in Northern British Columbia, 100 miles east of the Alaskan Border. During a short summer mining season, when the area is free from snow, Jade West annually mines 100 tons of jade for export to China. Jade West is also the exclusive supplier of POLAR JADE, described by FRED WARD in the Lapidary Journal, November 1998, as, "the newest, brightest, most translucent, greenest, hardest nephrite yet discovered.".
The best jade from each season is selected for jewelry and sculptures created by some of the world's master jade carvers. Other jade is selected for making souvenir products and collectibles. All of these products are available through The JADE MINE
Jade in rough form is stored at the company's warehouse near Vancouver, Canada. Please call to make an appointment to come see the rough jade, we have it available in small chips to large boulders.
www.jademine.com is based in Blaine, Washington.
Visit www.jademinecanada.com for more Rough Jade
Kirk Makepeace - Founder
Nikki Makepeace (Lanyon) - GIA Gemologist
Paul Lanyon - Owner of Jade West Resources (Canada)
Matt Strauts - Mine Manager (Rough Jade Sales)