Saturday, November 22nd (11am – 8pm)
Birthing the stone: a story of the jade boulder that started it all!
11:30am – 12:30pm
Style, Function, and Technology – an integrated approach into the understanding of Shang jades.
12:30 – 1:15pm
Pre-contact West Coast jade trade and tools
In pre-contact British Columbia (B.C.), adzes and chisels were an integral part of indigenous peoples' woodworking technology. Nephrite (jade) was the preferred material for making these tools. Mineralogical analysis of more than 2000 of these tools and other production debris using a Near-Infrared spectrometer has identified clear spatial and temporal patterns in this technology. For more than 3000 years, nephrite tools were made by few communities living along the Fraser River, and exchanged to people from Idaho to Vancouver Island. Around AD 800, some very large nephrite celts were produced from the Lytton and Lillooet areas and exchanged to other communities on the Canadian Plateau.
Lunch Break 1 hr
2:15 – 2:45pm
A Tahltan perspective. Creating workshops, apprenticeships and training facilities.
2:45 – 3:15
BCLS & Lapidary Clubs
Facilities, Clubs and Field trips.
3:15 – 3:45
Jade carving in North America
Break 15 mins
4:00 – 4:30pm
Innovative methods for prospecting and small claims mining.
4:30 – 5:15pm
Jade and culture, the story of New Zealand told by one of the most prominent Maori Pounamu (jade) artists.
5:15 – 6:00pm
Winner of 2011WJS shares his fascinating story.
Break 15 mins
6:15 – 7pm
Sergey Falkin and Julia Gogol
Two of the finest gemstone artists tell the St Petersburg story of art and community. (translated)
7:00 – 7:45pm
The practiced skills, tradition and gemstone carving in Idar – Oberstein Germany. (translated)