This jade is dark sage green with veins of black. The jade was found in the Rocky Mountains, in Wyoming where I acquired the rough rock to cut and polish. I was able to slice in thin to allow a beautiful translucent glow when backlit.
To hang the earring, I made a small hammered silver flourish that accents the jade and glitters in the light.
To cut this jade I start with a large rough chunk and after dozens of steps it results in the final wearable piece of artwork.
Nephrite jade is one of the toughest gemstones in the world because its crystalline growth pattern is long strands so we gemstone cutters can cut it very thinly and it stays very strong, most rock and gem crystal structures will not allow for this and crumble.
These earrings are about 1 1/2 inches long.
Nephrite Jade (Wyoming), Sterling Silver.