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Nephrite Jade rough

Nephrite is a very tough material which holds up very well in rings as inlays or cabochons. Nephrite comes in a few colors ranging from light to dark green and also comes in black, pink, and white.

Black Nephrite is frequently used as a substitute for black Onyx because of the toughness of Nephrite. See our page on Black Jade for more details.

Nephrite can be a bit difficult to work with at times because it sometimes likes to split when cutting it.

Nephrite Jade rough material

Green Nephrite Jade rough material

This is an example of the lighter and brighter green material.

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Nephrite Jade rough material

Nephrite Jade rough material with green spots

This is a special variety of green Nephrite Jade from Canada which has blotches of brighter green which are colored by Chromium.

Nephrite Jade rough material

Nephrite Jade rough

This is a rather ordinary piece of Nephrite Jade.

Nephrite Jade rough material

Block of Nephrite Jade

This is a very blocky piece of Nephrite.

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Denton Anderson,
Gemologist & Gem Cutter
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Over 20 years of experience.