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VINTAGE JADE Siberian NEPHRITE Bud Vase Mineral Green 738 grams C5

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Vintage Siberian nephrite bud vase, a magnificently polished, heavy and solid carving of classic material. The color is uniform, rich and unusually bright considering its level of saturation.

This and other finely crafted objects were produced in the 1970s in the former Soviet Union and represent the superior workmanship that exemplified stone products created during this time period. The vase stands 9 cm tall, and measure 4.7 cm across the top of the stem and 8.5 cm across the width of the base.

According to the GIA, the Siberian nephrite mines are located near Lake Baikal in a remote area that covers nearly 250 square kilometers. The host rocks are related to mountains that extend into northwest China, which may produce jade that is Chinese but similar to the Russian material. Green nephrite occurs in metamorphic rocks along serpentinite dikes. Boulders of jade were found nearly 2 centuries ago, but the primary deposit not until 1986. Russia produces both green and white nephrite, the former being much more abundant.

It has been suggested that in the 1920s and 30s Chinese jade shops offered to tourists copies of archaic Chinese jades that were actually made of Russian nephrite. These carvings were often made by the same craftsmen who created jade masterpieces for the Qing Dynasty emperors, and therefore were difficult to distinguish from authentic Qing jade carvings made from Chinese material.

Extreme weather and difficult terrain make the extraction of SIberian nephrite challenging, to say the least! Supplies are brought in by helicopter from the closest city, Irkutsk, and much of the mined material is removed by retired 6-wheel army trucks.

Siberian nephrite is extraordinary and characterized by intense color (composed primarily of ferroactinolite, with a relatively high iron content) and graphitic inclusions (dark spots). It can nonetheless be quite translucent, as evident in photographs of small cups and goblets. Art objects such as goblets and vases have become relatively scarce in the marketplace. It would be difficult to imagine better workmanship, considering the difficulty of getting a high polish on nephrite.
Vintage Siberian nephrite bud vase, a magnificently polished, heavy and solid carving of classic material. The color is uniform, rich and unusually bright considering its level of saturation.

This and other finely crafted objects were produced in the 1970s in the former Soviet Union and represent the superior workmanship that exemplified stone products created during this time period. The vase stands 9 cm tall, and measure 4.7 cm across the top of the stem and 8.5 cm across the width of the base.

According to the GIA, the Siberian nephrite mines are located near Lake Baikal in a remote area that covers nearly 250 square kilometers. The host rocks are related to mountains that extend into northwest China, which may produce jade that is Chinese but similar to the Russian material. Green nephrite occurs in metamorphic rocks along serpentinite dikes. Boulders of jade were found nearly 2 centuries ago, but the primary deposit not until 1986. Russia produces both green and white nephrite, the former being much more abundant.

It has been suggested that in the 1920s and 30s Chinese jade shops offered to tourists copies of archaic Chinese jades that were actually made of Russian nephrite. These carvings were often made by the same craftsmen who created jade masterpieces for the Qing Dynasty emperors, and therefore were difficult to distinguish from authentic Qing jade carvings made from Chinese material.

Extreme weather and difficult terrain make the extraction of SIberian nephrite challenging, to say the least! Supplies are brought in by helicopter from the closest city, Irkutsk, and much of the mined material is removed by retired 6-wheel army trucks.

Siberian nephrite is extraordinary and characterized by intense color (composed primarily of ferroactinolite, with a relatively high iron content) and graphitic inclusions (dark spots). It can nonetheless be quite translucent, as evident in photographs of small cups and goblets. Art objects such as goblets and vases have become relatively scarce in the marketplace. It would be difficult to imagine better workmanship, considering the difficulty of getting a high polish on nephrite.

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Reviewed by Julianna S.
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5 out of 5 stars
Jan 5, 2018
Beautiful! Heavy and nice! Wonderful specimen
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5 out of 5 stars
Dec 12, 2017
I wonderful piece of smithsonite, very happy with my purchase and the shop I got it from. Thank you
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Reviewed by benderr2
5 out of 5 stars
Aug 16, 2016
very colorful specimen. My first smithsonite so far! happy to have it in my collection.
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Reviewed by Kirk Salanga
5 out of 5 stars
Feb 2, 2016
A most beautiful piece as described. Exquisite craftmanship. Shipped on time. Loved the whole process.
VINTAGE JADE HORSE Carving SIberian Nephrite 1970s C1

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Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1970s
  • Materials: nephrite, jade, Siberian jade, Siberian nephrite, Russian jade, Russian nephrite, green jade, green nephrite, carved jade, nephrite carving, jade vase, nephrite bud vase, nephrite vase
  • Feedback: 6 reviews
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