This month's blog is a bit of a cop-out as it is so easy. But I don't apologise for that - I want to show off some of the beautiful facets of nephrite. It's not always the highly translucent stone which grabs my attention. Nor is it the stone that takes the best polish. The beauty comes at different scales and times. First, just looking at the rough rock can show lots of interesting features and colours. Then when the rock is cut or slabbed it shows different aspects of beauty. And as I carve it, using finer and finer grades of grit, the features I may appreciate most are the imperfections - the odd crystals or veins, the little splashes of different colours, the texture and more. I could go on and on. But won't for a change!
Below are a series of pictures, some taken with a 15x macro lens and others with a 30x phonescope attachment on my phone to give greater magnification. They show up many of the finer features I mention above.
I hope you've enjoyed the close look at a few pieces of nephrite and agree with me that the beauty is more than skin-deep! Each piece of stone rewards taking a handlens to it.
On this page I intend to add monthly updates on aspects of jade carving. I also plan to invite more experienced carvers to offer a "master-class" on a particular subject of their choice. With this I hope to enthuse both the novice and the expert in this ancient and beautiful art-form/craft. And comments are welcome!