When I was in China, they said that the sources of jade in China would be
gone within the next decade.
Huh? there are massive deposits of jade and jadeites in Mongolia. (Are real huge ones in Alaska and Siberia too.)
But, there were jade scupltures everywhere. I saw one that was 880,000
yuang , which would be 110,000 in US dollars, but would be at least twice
that if bought in the US. It was this gorgeous three masted ship, as long
as a ... a.... (is stuck on an analagy) a Honda CRX (geesh, it's too early
in the morning), and all of the ropes, chains, masts, sails, flags, window
shutters, everything was done in jade. It was incredibly intracate.
Work like this was done as far west as Constantinople in period.
For those who car Arkansas has large jade deposits and jade is an excellent, if hard, stone to carve. The one I worked mostly was called 'Rice' jade. A gray/black translucent matrix with 'WHITE!!' rice kernels. Hmmm, maybe I should try some carving again, this time with period tools....Naw, no time.