On these pages you will find quite a bit of information
    I hope you do get something out of the information provided
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   With regard to Pounamu
   Pounamu is the Maori name for "Nephrite Jade" if it has been
   found in New Zealand. The English translation of the word
   Pounamu is "Greenstone".
   Pounamu at this time is only normally found on the 
   West coast of the South Island from Fiordland in the south
   to Durville island in Cook Strait.

   Pounamu was a regular find up until the 1970's however
   since then supplies of good stone became eratic.
   During the 1970's manufacturers discovered Australian
   jade, Canadian Jade and Russian jade.
   These countries are huge and although the jade there is a little
   different looking it is still "Nephrite Jade".
   Not only this but the factories discovered that Asian country's
   could provide huge supplies of perfectly sized ring stones
   which stopped cabachone making work for the few New 
   Zealand jade factories.
   Many of these stones turn out to be of the plastic variety or
   plastic covered.
 
   This of course means that much of the Nephrite Jade that
   Is in the shops of the world including New Zealand includes
   Great quantity's of Australian, Canadian and Russian jade
   and massive amounts of plastic looking like Jade.
  
   Sadly according to a Malaysian factory owner much of the
   stock of the world contains at least 99% of resin fake
   jade! In his words"and I make it".
  

  

 

Bonding
Family
Kakapo and Chick
 
  "Bonding"    Carved fron Hokitika river Pounamu   

   "Family"    Carved from Kawhaka creek Pounamu

   'Kakapo and Chick'   Carved from Arahura  river Pounamu

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    e-mail   mail@jadeartross.co.nz
  
       

  News
  Around August 2017
  A visit from a Swedish Lawyer.
  This very nice person read my literature in my studio and asked
  about the the "Jade" ring she had purchased in Vietnam. In short I    
  handled the ring and squashed the ring to about 5mm.
  This of course rebounded back to it's original size, fake of
  course.
  Next up was one so called quartz pendant and four quartz
  polished stones. I was requested to test these on my very fine wet
  and dry ruby paper. The pendant aside from being far too light was
  of epoxy resin as was two of the four stones. Two of the stones were
  heavy enough and did not require any testing.

  News
  This week on the 5/12/2016 I received a visit from a family the
  Mother a carver and the Daughter also who had won a major prize
  in the New Zealand National Jade Carving Competition.

  The upshot was that she knew a New Zealander who had gone
  To attend the world Jade Carving competition and had come home
  with some fake jade. The reality is is that the fake that he brought
  home is hard enough to carve, looks in fact like the real thing
  but in this case will burn and has a smell when carving!

  Remember "Really good Jade" is now NZ $1200 a lb  (less than a
  half a kg. In Canada enough great Canadian Jade to make one
  bangle can set you back $1500. This is a reality check for you.




   Centre Left


   "Kawhaka Leaves"
  

 

    On Right


        "Soul"

   Above

  "The Spirit of
    Lake Mahinapua"

  Griffen Range stone.
Soul
  
   
        


            
 
 
 

                     
                             
                    
                            


     
          
            
                           
                                                                                                        
   
      Welcome To
                        JADE
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Kakapotahi Gorge rock
Nertera granadensis
Flax Flower

    The New Zealand Flax Flower in Ross

   Below -
  A Rock Wall in the Kakapotahi Gorge South Westland.
  Then
  Nertera granadensis on Mt Greenland, behind the town of Ross


  
  
Jade Art in the town of Ross is dedicated to providing
   quality New Zealand Pounamu ( NZ Greenstone)   
   carvings, for the visitors who come to this studio.
   The carver is Steve Maitland a Master Carver.

   Steve has been carving for 45 years and continues         
   as he started out providing visitors with top class
   work.

   All Steve's stone comes from the Westcoast.

   Steve was born in Hokitika and started his
   vocation in a jade factory there where he quickly
   became a foreman and then was snapped up
   by another factory to become their manager.

  
   New Zealand Pounamu is one of the earths
   wonders and Steve is honoured and privilaged
   to be able to carve stories into the stone.

   On this website I have placed some photographs of
   my work, hometown birdlife and local plants I do hope
   you take the time to look through them.
  
   All the best and Welcome to part of the town of Ross

  
Steve

  Jade Creature

   
 

 

The Spirit of Lake Mahinapua
Kawhaka leaves