- Description: Hetian Nephrite is mined in the high altitude Kunlun Mountains (4500 m) in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region of north-western China, near the Mongolian and Russian boarder. Hetian Nephrite is divid
Hetian Nephrite is mined in the high altitude Kunlun Mountains (4500 m) in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region of north-western China, near the Mongolian and Russian boarder. Hetian Nephrite is divided into two categories: 'Mountain Nephrite' and 'Seed Nephrite,' with the Seed Nephrite being more desirable. Varieties of Seed Nephrite are: black jade, blue-white jade, green jade, mutton-fat Jade, tang jade, white jade, and yellow jade. Mutton-Fat Jade is considered to finest with a 'greasy' delicate texture and bright color. Chinese Hetian nephrite is nearing depletion due to over-mining, and as such it has become very valuble.
Among the four major kinds of Chinese jade, Hetian Nephrite is known as the national jade. Since more than 2500 years ago, the jade has been regarding as the symbol of identity, that only the nobles and high officials were allowed to wear it. The famous Heshi Bi was a fine work of Hetian Nephrite.
The Hetian Nephrite originates in the North Hillside of Kunlun Mountain in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of China, 4500 meters above the sea level, the natural environment is abominable, it’s high and cold and short of oxygen, having no way to climb, it is extremely difficult to exploit jade. In recent years excessive industrialized exploitation nearly exhausted the raw materials of the Hetian Nephrite. 10 years ago, the material of Hetian Nephrite is dozens yuan per kilogram; but nowadays it will be cost as many as ten thousand yuan, even hundreds of thousands of yuan.
Hetian Nephrite can be divided into two kinds, the mountain material and Seed Nephrite. The Seed Nephrite is superior in quality. The main variety is as follows: Mutton-Fat Jade, white jade, blue-white jade, green jade, yellow jade, Tang jade, and black jade. Its degree of value is depends on the color and the pureness of texture. Mutton-Fat Jade is the first-class item of Hetian-White-Nephrite. It is white and appears the reserved bright as coagulated grease with pure and delicate texture. Unexpectedly its content of tremolite is up to 99%. It is very rare and only produced in Xinjiang. So it’s extremely famous and invaluable.
Containing a lot of trace elements, such as selenium, zinc, copper, cobalt, manganese, etc. which will be absorbed progressively when it is kept in touch with human’s body for a long time, jade can make people more healthy. In addition, jade also has the efficiency of soothing the feelings and strengthening the fast reacting ability.
"Gold is estimable, but jade is priceless". The fact that the official seal for the Beijing Olympics 2008 is carved out of Hetian Nephrite has affirmed its excellent reputation.