Faber Optimé - Vireo
Monday, February 25, 2008
North Island, New Zealand
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About This Item
Well, to start with, there are two kinds of jade: their geological
names are jadeite and nephrite.
This is nephrite. The common New Zealand names for nephrite are
greenstone or in Māori – pounamu.
Jadeite is found in an area around the northern Burmese border with
China. Nephrite is found in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Russia,
Wyoming and in other small deposits around the world.
Jadeite is a silicate of sodium and aluminium. Nephrite is a silicate
of calcium and magnesium. Jadeite is a rare mineral and the lighter
brighter colours have the greatest value.
Nephrite is richer in colour with interesting inclusions, rivers and
other variations of colour. It can be either dark or light – from almost
black-green, through greens, rust to light, - nearly white in colour.
Jade is called greenstone in New Zealand as the first European
explorers who went there in the eighteenth century saw the Māori people
wearing jade tiki and other ornaments. They didn't realise it was jade
and called it greenstone and the name has stayed.
The beauty of jade is seen in the way light reflects and moves
through the stone.
Travel Bugs need maintenance from time to time (as do we all?!). If this one looks in need (or if you would like to know how to make your own
capsule), please take a look at the Faber Optimé Travel Bug Maintenance Manual.
A PDF file of the custom stash note for this travel bug can be obtained here.
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