World Jade Symposium – Pendant Creation

Posted on Nov 25, 2014

Getting Started | The Tools | Pendant Creation | Finished Pendant | Sculpture Creation | Finished Sculpture I started with a slab of Wyoming Nephrite Jade and a black opal from Lightning Ridge, Australia.  I’d cut this opal a long time ago but at that point I didn’t have the setting skills required to use it.  I recognized this as a very special stone so I tucked it away for later use. Here’s the initial layout Here you see the pre-cut along side the planning sketch. And here is the initial preform. After this I proceed with the final revisions and grinding.  Click below on...

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World Jade Symposium – The Tools

Posted on Nov 25, 2014

Getting Started | The Tools | Pendant Creation | Finished Pendant | Sculpture Creation | Finished Sculpture As I began working on my jade I quickly discovered that my lack of tools was fast becoming a hindrance.  Bits only reach so far and provide even cutting an inch was beyond it’s limits.  Getting mass removal of material was going to take years it seemed.  So I began my search for tools.  Now, if money were no object this task would have been MUCH easier.  LoL  So I searched high & low, started down many paths only to find dead ends, but finally, FINALLY, I managed some...

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Sweet Story about Jade

Posted on Nov 20, 2014

I was at my local Gemstone & Mineral Society meeting tonight and because of the my carving entries into the World Jade Symposium I had a lot of people talking to me about jade. One woman showed me a beautiful two sided flat carving of white nephrite jade. When she was a young woman she would cool it and would let her babies teeth on it. She carries it everywhere as now in her later years both of her adult children have passed.  It has become her token memento to keep their memories close at hand. Later in life she had the piece appraised and found out that it was from the Han Dynasty! ...

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World Jade Symposium – Getting Started

Posted on Nov 1, 2014

Getting Started | The Tools | Pendant Creation | Finished Pendant | Sculpture Creation | Finished Sculpture Vancouver, BC Nov 21-23. This is my journey.  It was a LOT harder than I expected and I spent WAY too many hours and too much $$ on this.  LOL  But I am a artistically driven fool so…  😉 I ran by my local lapidary shop and found a nice supply of some old nephrite jade from Wyoming, US.  The owners father collected these a long time ago.  Even the stickers were yellow with age.  I lost track of time browsing through the treasure trove there but luckily I was able to find a few...

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Fish Gemstone Carving, Lightning Ridge Black Opal

Posted on Mar 17, 2014

$150 | Fish Gemstone Carving by KJ Montoya Lightning Ridge Black Opal 1.55 Carat, 14mm Long Email: info@KJOFineArt for purchase...

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Opal in Copper – SOLD

Posted on Mar 4, 2014

1.5 carat Opal wrapped in copper wire on 18″ chain by KJ Montoya Copper Wrapped Opal 1.5 Carat Welo Opal SOLD Contact Info:  kjofineart@cox.net Item...

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