These cute little jade carvings of sled dogs are available in 2 sizes, 1 and1.5 inches long. Perfect for your miniatures collection and curios cabinet. The jade is mined in British Columbia, sent overseas to be carved.
It is unknown when the first sled dog race was held. Humans have domesticated dogs for thousands of years, and sled dogs have been used for transportation in Arctic areas for almost as long. The first sled dog race to feature a codified set of rules was the All Alaska Sweepstakes which first took place in 1908.
Jade is the state gem of Alaska. Most jade found in Alaska and Western Canada varies in color from pale to dark green. The jade of Alaska is nephrite, fibrous and tough, with hardness of 5-6, specific gravity of 3.0-3.3. It is hydrous silicate of calcium and magnesium with varying amounts of iron which gives it its green color.