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ALL ABOUT
JADE

ALL ABOUT
JADE

What do these things have in common?
They're all made of Jade!

a white jade vase, green jade carved pendants, and a green and orange jade spoon

What do these things have in common?
They're all made of Jade!

a white jade vase, green jade carved pendants, and a green and orange jade spoon
George Harlow

Hi, I'm George Harlow . I study jade at the American Museum of Natural History. Thousands of years ago, people from opposite sides of the world discovered this rare rock. First, it was | used to make tools. Later, it was used for precious objects of art and worship.

George Harlow

Hi, I'm George Harlow . I study jade at the American Museum of Natural History. Thousands of years ago, people from opposite sides of the world discovered this rare rock. First, it was | used to make tools. Later, it was used for precious objects of art and worship.

What makes jade so special that people have used it for so long, and in so many different ways? To answer these questions, I travel all over the world to places like  Guatemala  and Myanmar to study jade.

What makes jade so special that people have used it for so long, and in so many different ways?

To answer these questions, I travel all over the world to places like Guatemala and Myanmar to study jade.

Take a peek into my jade scrapbook!

Jade Scrapbook with go button

Take a peek into my jade scrapbook!

Jade Scrapbook with go button
Image Credits:

Photos: Introductory Page: jade objects: courtesy of AMNH; George Harlow: courtesy of George Harlow and colleagues; Jade Around the World: China: all photos: courtesy of AMNH; Mesoamerica: all photos: courtesy of AMNH, Denis Finnin; New Zealand: all photos: courtesy of AMNH; Other Places: taishu: Museum of Itoigawa City; Switzerland: Peter Vollenweider/Natural History Museum Bern; all other photos: courtesy of AMNH; What Makes Jade Special: Raw Jade: all photos: courtesy of AMNH, Denis Finnin; Colors & Patterns: all photos: courtesy of AMNH; Translucency: jade: courtesy of AMNH, Denis Finnin; George Harlow: courtesy of AMNH, Roderick Mickens; Durability: tools: courtesy of AMNH; diamond: courtesy of AMNH, Rondi Davies; tools around the world: top left, Peter Vollenweider/Natural History Museum Bern; other jade tools, courtesy of AMNH; raw jade: courtesy of AMNH, Denis Finnin; Carving: jade objects: courtesy of AMNH; workers: courtesy of George Harlow and colleagues; How Jade Forms: From Deep Within the Earth: field and raw jade photos: courtesy of George Harlow and colleagues; Tools in the Lab: SEM: courtesy of AMNH; all other photos: courtesy of George Harlow; Hunting for Jade: The Mystery of Mesoamerica: all field photos: courtesy of George Harlow and colleagues (Virginia B. Sisson, Sorena S. Sorensen, Hans G. Avà Lallemant, Carlos Gonzales, Russell Seitz, Mauricio Chiquin Yoj, Thomas W. Donnelly, E. Peter Olds, Robert Kane, Han Htun, Myint Soe, Dr. Saw Nawn U, and George R. Rossman) raw jade and artifact match: courtesy of George Harlow and colleagues; two artifacts: courtesy of AMNH, Denis Finnin; On the Hunt in Guatemala: all field photos: courtesy of George Harlow and colleagues; raw jade: courtesy of AMNH, Denis Finnin; Making Sense of Jade: all field photos: courtesy of George Harlow and colleagues; George Harlow and collection: courtesy of AMNH, Denis Finnin; Mining in Myanmar: all field photos: courtesy of George Harlow and colleagues; jade pendant: courtesy of AMNH, Denis Finnin; Jade Today: Guatemalan objects: La Casa del Jade; all other photos: courtesy of AMNH, Denis Finnin; Illustrations: subduction: Eric Hamilton; jadeite formation: courtesy of George Harlow