However, as long ago as the pre-Columbian period, the Mayas, Aztecs and Olmecs of Central America also honoured and esteemed jade more highly than gold. New Zealand's Maoris began carving weapons and cult instruments from native jade in early times, a tradition which has continued to the present day.
This is a stunning Dog is carved from Natural Jade with a mottled Green Color.
Color, Intensity of color, vivacity and texture, clarity and transparency are the factors that determine the value of a jade. Emerald green, spinach green, and apple green are highly valuable in USA and Europe while pure white or a fine yellow with a delicate pink undertone is much adorned in the Far East.