Nephrite Jade, commonly called greenstone is found near Trial Harbour on Tasmania's rugged West Coast. This Jade comes in a variety of colours and is commonly included with metals and minerals such as nickel and garnet. Most material is opaque whilst a small amount is translucent and a fine apple green.
It is said that Nephrite Jade is a stone of protection, safe travels and attracts good luck.
Rare and Beautiful is a Tasmanian family run business that creates an ever-changing collection of beautiful and desirable hand-crafted contemporary jewellery and natural gemstones.
The collection is hand-selected by Christo and Melissa Lees as they travel the globe, and around Tasmania. They are both trained gemmologists, jewellers and gem cutters who live in Tasmania, Australia.
Their business Rare and Beautiful has evolved from a life long passion for prospecting in the wilds of nature. This passion they have shared for the past 30 years. The Rare and Beautiful collection showcases the beautiful and unique gems, minerals and fossils they find on their adventures.
Simplicity is the key to their jewellery designs, they believe the stones should speak for themselves. More than 100 gemstones are featured in their jewellery collection including many rare stones from Tasmanian and around the world. Sustainable artisanal mining is their ethos.