Big Sur Nephrite Jade

Hand polished California jade, for sale!

After traveling to California and getting jade fever, I started to learn about polishing my finds.  It’s been a hell of a learning curve, but I think I’m over the hump.

I like the idea of hand polishing, instead of tumbling, because I can keep all the detail and character of the stone.  Some of my finds are botryoidal and not ocean tumbled very much, so I consider it a natural carving, but would like to see the gemstone as clearly as possible.  Have a look at some of my items for sale, I appreciate the support!

 
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Monarchs and Crow

Here’s a gallery of the monarch habitat in Santa Cruz, as well as a rare event.  On this particular sunny morning, a small group of crows were feasting on the butterflies.  Usually, birds leave the monarch alone because of that butterfly’s bitter and toxic milkweed diet.  The insects taste bad and will make the bird sick.  But for some reason, these crows in Santa Cruz were indulging on an easy prey.

Photo Gallery

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