Jade Carving Tools

Jade Carving Tools.


Actually nothing is done by carving since the material is to hard, wood can be made tat way. 


It is abrasion to get the piece into the desired shape and even more difficult to work out the details, all it’s done by drilling with a tool having an abrasive substance on it. 



Jade carvings with an artists touch

This can be any substance which is harder than the green stone, such as quartz, some sand or jadeite by itself. E.g. at the time when the Shang ruled (about 1700 BC) they used special formed metal with a mineral paste coating to get it into shape.

Here is jadeite jade carving


This artworks have been popular over centuries since this was the basic handling from Chinese craftsmen. They made real artwork since a view thousand years but with nephrite

nephrite carvings and a buffalo

Jadeite Artwork is basically the same but it is a bit harder than nephrite and has a better texture and color. That is the reason why most top jewelry is made from that at least since a decade. Jadeite is only found in Myanmar (Burma).

jade carving art with different colors


Master craftsmen create the piece of art from the rough piece until it is finished, often different people work on different parts of a sculpture, e.g. one is better at the face a other better on a body. It takes several weeks or month to finish one item and there are real production lines somehow similar they do today in a car assembly plant.

great color and structure

Great color and structure becomes visible when the sculpture is finished just as here, isn't it beautiful? The property of the stone must be known very well plus the color and structure but all that can change quick. A gem such dense and fibrous like this is not easy to handle.

Iron was used to carve since the Zhou dynasty (about 400 BC). 


In fact all this was a very difficult process over long time, there are indications that at around the 15. Century this abrasive base was changed to another one made from corundum, this is also known under the name of ruby and sapphire.


Now how to carve jade?


Contrary to what most people think jadeite is not carved it is actually drilled before they used a manual string machine and today that is a electric one. Although some artists still used the old method which takes much longer but is seems they have a better feeling for the material that way.

Now they use a synthetic substance which is carborundum to abrade the stone slowly to the required form. But even today some Chinese artists still to it the old fashioned way by operating a driller by foot treadle a sew-tug machine.

There is a high level of symbolism and thinking some folklore and religious and it has the same meaning over a very long time frame nothing is changing, the forms stay the same and the meaning or rather interpretation stays the same. A good example is a good bangle it always means something positive and protective to wearer.

old decorative gemstone

This is by far one of the oldest decorative gemstone with a real use and certain health properties, such as good for kidneys and overall health. You might ask yourself what has a stone to do with health, kidney etc.? they ground the stone and drank the outcome. There are two types one is jadeite, that’s the good thing and is rare, the other is nephrite and is abundant.
expensive and beautiful carvings quality

Expensive and beautiful carvings quality, high end items are almost always made from jadeite and this stone is getting more valuable by the day since Chinese opened up, they are the biggest buyers of the green stone, this has historical reasons and is reflected in how the craftsmen carve the extremely hard stones.

In the past it was crafted for spear hears, lance tops, axes and other things, in the last century it become  more and more a material for jewelry and ornamentation.



The video here shows how to carve jade and clearly shows the drilling.

How to carve jade with the drilling machine 

To create pieces of art and jewelry drilling is done, it’s quite difficult because the mineral is extremely hard, only a bit less than diamonds

This is the original Chinese Jade artwork


In the past it was crafted for spear hears, lance tops, axes and other things, in the last century it become  more and more a material for jewelry and ornamentation. One particular brand is polar jade from mines in northern Canada .


Carved from Chinese Nephrite

Nephrite comes in several categories.


Modern jade carving can look like that:


In the past it was crafted for spear hears, lance tops, axes and other things, in the last century it become  more and more a material for jewelry and ornamentation.

Nephrite comes in several categories.


One particular brand is polar jade is from mines in northern Canada, bubble is shaped as the name indicates like grapes and vulcan is covered with a golden brown skin that seems to be currently only coming from US in California. 

To create pieces of art and jewelry drilling is done, it’s quite difficult because the mineral is extremely hard, only a bit less than diamonds. 

jade carvings

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