jade

There are two types of Jade; Nephrite and Jadeite.   Nephrite Jade is highly prized in New Zealand, where it is known as ‘Greenstone’ and remains sacred to the Maoris today. It has also been found in the Pacific Coast and Atlantic Coasts of North America, Neolithic Europe (where it was used as tools), and Southeast Asia.   Jadeite from the Motagua Valley, Guatemala, was used by the Olmec and Maya peoples, as well as the indigenous peoples of Costa Rica. Typically, the most highly valued colours of Jadeite are the most intensely green, translucent varieties, though traditionally white has been considered the most valuable of the jades by the Chinese.

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