Group Discussion > ShouShan jade

This highly valued mineral is neither jadeite nor nephrite, but you'd never know it judging by the price of it. ShouShan stone carvings come from a single mountain region in China, so their prices are prohibitively expensive, as is the case with Turkish purple jade and other precious gemstones that are only found in a single small part of the world. ShouShan stone varies in color from white to yellow to orange to red to brown, depending on the amount of ferrite (iron) present within it, and all of these colors may be present within a single ShouShan stone. This influences its value somewhat as well, since no two ShouShan stones will be exactly alike. Their mineral content also varies by the area they're found in, making each piece even more unique. The following article goes into more detail on the mineral composition of this unique rare gem:

http://www.ceps.com.tw/ec/ecjnlarticleView.aspx?atliid=107134&issueiid=8909&jnliid=1053
June 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMonroe