On a visit with Roger Merk in San Diego earlier in 2012 many varieties of jade were viewed and discussed.
Primarily Wyoming material for which Roger expresses a deep appreciation.
During the musings between us, of unusual and rare jades, a small sample of an extremely interesting, very pale Alaskan nephrite was bought out into the open room and subsequent light.
At first glance the heart fires were kindled by the inner glow emanating from the jade as if the interior possessed an energy source enough to light the jade itself.
A strong light is not required to indicate the deep translucency shown on the edge of this stone.
Half is stained with this lovely, translucent gold color which is of the same tight, felted structure through the whole piece.
The natural high gloss of the outer surface indicates a hard stone and the even textured saw cuts confirming the same.
Close examination of the grain immediately stoked the heart fires even more and the decision made of what to carve as a test piece for this fascinating jade.
The moebius in not a form to test a stone with, however the stone indicated it possessed all the strength and integrity
to attempt such a piece.
Many examples of these free form moebius have been carved since the early ’70′s so presented no challenge for the intricacies of the design aspects.
All energies focussed on capturing the Life Essence within.
The form was drawn and fitting perfectly onto the cut end face, faint chatoyant veins planned into the dimensions.
And finished with a life all it’s own !!!! All 2.25 inches aglow.
Chatoyant veins shimmering.
Creating a more silvery appearance than a ‘white mutton fat’ jade.
This small example was sent out during the mid 1960′s from somewhere in the Alaskan Arctic Circle by an operator now deceased so precise location is seemingly lost for the moment.
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