Each of these medium-small drops of jade have an individual pattern. I cut these earrings from the same stone but their patterns vary and include varying greens and spots of white.
I made a small hammered silver hook for the top that I very carefully attached with a handmade silver rivet to a handmade ear wire. I like to keep the metalwork to a small flourish that accents the jade, it glitters in the light.
This jade is from the state of Wyoming. I start with a large chunk of it and after dozens of steps I finally result in the final small 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.
Nephrite Jade (Wyoming), Sterling Silver.