Revamp your look with this simple and elegant jade oval pendant. 3/4” x 1/2”. Setting is sterling silver.
Jade was originally used by the Native people of Alaska for implements and adornments. It was officially designated the Alaska State Gemstone in 1968. Most jade found in Alaska and Western Canada varies in color from pale to dark green. Only about 5% of the jade mined is high enough quality for carvings and jewelry.
Alaskan jade is nephrite jade. It is fibrous and tough with a hardness of 5-6 and specific gravity of 3-3.3. It is hydrous silicate of calcium and magnesium with varying amounts of iron which gives it its green color. Most of the jade used in our carvings and jewelry is currently mined about 20 miles north of Juneau in the Ogden Mountain region in B.C.