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Hand Made Wire Wrapped & Beaded Jewelry



Soo Chow Jade

Soo Chow jade is not jade. The gem stone is actually the mineral bowenite, a type of serpentine from the antigorite family. Bowenite can be found in China, Afghanistan, New Zealand, South Africa and the USA. It was named bowenite after George T. Bowen, who first studied the unusual serpentine stone in 1822. The most famous bowenite is found in the Soochow region of China, which led to the name Soo Chow jade.

Bowenite is a hard, compact variety of the serpentinite species antigorite found in several places throughout the world. Bowenite sources in China are situated in the Soochow region, which accounts for its also being known as Soochow jade.

Soo Chow jade comes in many shades of green that resemble jade. Shades range from dark hunter green to a yellow-green. Soo chow jade is a desirable gem stone for jewelry because it closely resembles jade yet it is more accessible and affordable. In fact, some experts have trouble distinguishing between nephrite jade and Soo Chow jade.

Soo Chow jade is associated with the symbolism for serpentine and jade. Since Soo Chow jade is a type of serpentine, the association with serpentine symbolism is stronger. People who buy Soo Chow jade for metaphysical reasons are usually interested in the serpentine symbolism.

Serpentine is a symbol of the following: Health, especially health later in life, Longevity, Respect for the elderly, Wisdom, Knowledge, and Help for remembering past lives.

All bead necklaces are finished with black satin cord in your choice of overall length from 18" to 24". All wire wrapped pendants are available on 24" or 30" black satin or black leather cords-your choice.

Soo Chow Jade Wire Wrapped in Copper
Soo Chow Jade Wire Wrapped in Copper
Item# SooJadeCWW1
$28.00
Item# SooJadeCWW2
$32.00
Soo Chow Jade
Wire Wrapped
in Copper
(approx. 1 1/4" across)
(Thick, Heavier Piece)
Soo Chow Jade
Wire Wrapped
in Copper
(approx. 1 1/4" across)
(Thick, Heavier Piece)
Cord Type
Cord Length
Cord Type
Cord Length


The gemstone beads and pendants we use are all natural. People who love natural stone jewelry accept and relish the fact that natural stone is not a sterile gem quality, but shows the variations and adverse climatic conditions under which it was created. In any natural stone there will be imperfections if viewed from a gemstone mindset. Natural stone is beautiful and unique because of its often rough or scarred appearance. If you have a question about the piece you are interested in, contact me.

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