One of the rarest forms of jade, botryoidal jade is made up of spherical lumps that merge together into a large mass. Most specimens of this material end up being kept for their properties as natural sculptural pieces - but some look much better when cut and turned into jewellery. This piece was carved from a piece of botryoidal jade found by our carver in the Hokitika River on New Zealand's West Coast.
Measuring in at 70mm long and 55mm wide, this pendant has been carved to form a flowing shingle-like shape that sits comfortably against the wearer's chest while also demonstrating a fluid form that shows off the patterns created by its botryoidal structure. Its colours vary through various shades of yellow-green to olive, with some black spotting and veining between the various bots that make up its form.
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