six rivers jade

Celebrating the wild and unique expressions of nephrite jade 

The story of jade is a story about place, shared through the curves and creases of the ancient landscape we inhabit. After subduction, uplift and erosion, jade has flowed down rivers into our hearts, giving form to the myriad expressions of our nature. For millennia, jade has been shaped, carved, and polished by peoples around the world, renowned for its beauty, durability and pleasing feel to the touch. Today it remains a rich and varied subject, presenting unique expressions from many sources around the world. 

Northern California is home to a number of jade bearing streams, creeks and rivers, and from these came the name Six Rivers Jade. Shifting with the rise and fall of mountain flows, jade stacks up on river bars and can be found on the beach, waiting for the moment when one journey ends and a new one begins. 

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jade bi series

Nine nephrite jade bi discs carved from Northern California Six Rivers Jade, presented in a box of California Walnut.

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Mere Pounamu

Nephrite jade mere, carved from jade sourced in Northern California. The shape was inspired by the design of Tawhito-whenua, an old and famous mere pounamu (greenstone weapon) from the Wellington region.

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A hand polished cobble of Six Rivers nephrite jade, presenting outstanding oxidized coloration. Photographed on a larger nephrite plate. 

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