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MIDI 24-Fret Classic Electric Guitar

Jade nut

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$375.00 (includes shipping and handling)

Wyoming jade (Old jade - nephrite)

The Sound of Stings

F. Davies resumeF. Davies
Instrument Mfg.



Nephrite was the form of jade that was first introduced to Europe from the new world.

Jade is considered to be a "good luck" stone. It is a semi-precious stone with a hardness range of 6.5 to 7.5 on the Mohs' scale, (with 1 being the softest and 10 being the hardest.) Our jade is from Wyoming, and is composed of the mineral nephrite, which is a lime-magnesium-aluminum silicate. Wyoming has the largest deposits in the United States.

I use the darkest of green with tiny gold colored flakes for nuts. Perfect cleavage in 2 directions at 60 and 120 degrees
Uneven/splintery fracture (Like ox bone except much harder.)
Vitreous luster (Looks real good!
It forms as a massive, but can also be very fibrous. It was used to make stone tools because of its strength. Jade is tougher than steel.

The job of a nut is to hold the string. Jade was simply the best material I could find. Its beauty is secondary to its function. A single piece of Jade was once traded for 15 cities in China. Cortez, was told that a piece of jade was worth a chest of gold. You have all heard of tone-wood, now you know of tone-stone too. -Frank

Enlargement of the unpolished face of the jade nut blank (from above.)
The stone was dampened with a drop of water then scanned using a Plustek OpticPro 9636T. The light blue grey area in the lower left is where the water has evaporated. When the stone is polished, it is a very dark green.

Click for more info on this book.
THE book on Jade.

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