A cute little Elephant carved from a piece of the Jade known as Jadeite, also known as new Jade or Chinese Jade.
Jadeite is one of the minerals recognized as the gemstone Jade, the other is Nephrite. Although similar, Jadeite and Nephrite Jade have different physical and chemical characteristics. Jadeite has a wider range of colors than Nephrite Jade; Jadeite commonly ranges from white through pale apple green to deep jade green but can also be blue-green, pink, lavender and a multitude of other rare colors. Nephrite jade is found in darker shades of green that are almost black.
Over 180 axe heads made from jadeite quarried in northern Italy in the Neolithic era (beginning about 10,200 BC) have been found across the British Isles. Because of the difficulty of working this material, all the axe heads of this type found are thought to have been non-utilitarian and to have represented some form of currency or be the products of gift exchange.
A great many jadeite beads and axe heads as well as the remains of jadeite workshops from the Neolithic era have been uncovered in Itoigawa, Japan. These beads and axes were traded throughout Japan and the Korean Peninsula and were produced by the world's oldest known jadeite-using culture, centered on the Itoigawa region.
Size: 50 x 33 x 20mm