Alberta Jade Bear Carving - Mother and Cub
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A type of Petrified Wood, the Provincial stone of Alberta is commonly found throughout the province. Representing the province's prehistoric past, this beautiful petrified wood is formed as the result of microcrystalline quartz depositing into the pores and cells of trees that fell 60-90 million years ago during the Cretaceous and Paleocene periods. Fallen tress became saturated with water containing microcrystalline quartz, which literally turned the trees to stone as the water evaporated. Alberta Jade became Alberta's stone on May 18, 1977.
Some believe Alberta Jade can help with your composure and contentment with life. It may also help with well being as it helps regulate the body. Whatever your beliefs, may you enjoy your Alberta Jade piece, as it is a scientific find as well as a link to our distant past.
Like other fossils, Alberta Jade requires a lot of work in cleaning, polishing, and preparing the pieces for display. This is especially true of our hand-carved Alberta Jade carvings, which are made by a single artist from start to finish. This is very unusual compared to standard modern-day carving practices, which utilizes many carvers to make a single piece, however each of our unique carvings exemplifies the artist’s skill and their own personal creative flair.
Our Master carver, Lina, comes from a family of carvers. Her grandfather was a Burmese Jade carver in the early 1900’s. Lina has been carving since she was a young child, starting with wood and soon migrating to beautiful stones such as Canadian Jade, Alberta Petrified Wood, Amethyst, Rose Quartz, and other crystals and stones. Lina designs and carves all our signature pieces.
Lina currently lives in the Greater Vancouver Area, where her studio is located. While she carves our larger (signed) pieces, her apprentices carve each of our smaller, or unsigned, carvings. Lina trains her apprentices in her personal, unique style of carving, which utilizes as much of the natural stone as possible to create a truly unique bear. This is a direct contradiction to standard stone carving methods, which utilizes an “assembly line” method of carving, where each bear will turn out exactly the same as the one before. Because of Lina’s method, each apprentice is tasked with creating something unique with as little stone waste as possible, which teaches them to problem solve and really utilize and cultivate their own creative methods.
Whenever possible, Lina sources Canadian stones for her carvings, including Jade sourced from across British Columbia, and Alberta Petrified Wood, two of her favourite materials. Star Marble, Rhodonite, Hematite, and Sodalite are also used when available. She believes that if a carving reminds you of a place, the stone should be from there as well.
Each piece is truly one of a kind and all are inspired by Lina’s time in the Rockies. May you enjoy your signed carving, as it is a beautiful artist piece, and a lasting memory of your time in the Canadian Rocky Mountains.
- Dimensions: 110 mm x 48 mm x 52 mm.
- Weight: 452 grams.
- Genuine stone.
- Hand carved.
- This item includes an information card about the stone.
- A certificate of authenticity is included with this item.
This stone requires special care - exposure to water and other chemicals, such as cleaning products or aerosols, will damage it over time. If you polish the stone, use a dry cloth only, or an air duster that does not contain any disinfectant or other chemicals.
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