Pink "Jade"

71.68 ct, 39.40 mm x 29.93 mm
Start Time: 10/31/2019 7:00:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 11/07/2019 7:00:00 pm (CST)
Auction Closed

Item Description

For years in limited quantities a material that is often called "Pink and Green Jade" from Wyoming has been on the market. In truth, the pink part of this material is actually not Jade, but rather Zoisite / Thulite in massive form. An article from James St. John states the following: "Nephrite jade was discovered in Wyoming in the 1930s, resulting in a "jade rush" that lasted for several decades. Most recovered material is alluvial jade, produced by paleoerosion of jade outcrops. Eroded clasts of jade were transported downstream and subsequently buried with other poorly-sorted sediments. Some Wyoming jade has been collected from in-situ outcrops". This piece is a very good sized pink "Oval Cabochon" of this elusive material, though it is not actually Jade. A great piece for any collector of US gems or unusual stones.