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Ministry of Energy Mines and Responsible for Core Review

Information Circular 2012-3

Jade in British Columbia


Mineral Development Office, Vancouver


View Information Circular 2012-3 (PDF, 4.5 KB)


Jade is a commercial term for green, white, black, or yellow-brown jadeite and nephrite. Jadeitite is a rock that consists of the mineral jadeite (a sodium-rich, high pressure pyroxene), whereas nephrite consists of amphibole minerals (tremolite-actinolite) in which prismatic to needle-like crystals are arranged in randomly oriented bundles. All of the known jade deposits in B.C. are nephrite.


This Information Circular summarizes the geology and origin of jade in British Columbia, provides prospecting tips, and points to other sources of information.


All publications of the BC Geological Survey are available digitally, free of charge, from this website.


For questions or more information on geology and minerals in British Columbia contact BCGS Mailbox or call toll free (B.C. residents only).