Jadite? JADE or Nephrite RHINO

Discussion in 'Antique Discussion' started by Studio Antiques, May 18, 2018.

  1. Studio Antiques

    Studio Antiques Well-Known Member

    5E2DF9C8-3CCE-407B-9EE7-67C518FD364F.jpeg 52B204EE-641B-4B2B-86AE-80F7B08AF6FB.jpeg 9ADA2D2D-9A34-477F-90BB-E3E34F622001.jpeg 5013942B-3633-4DC7-9CD2-A018F717B78E.jpeg 1AEA283A-A0A2-406C-984E-B9F72A76C122.jpeg HI! We have this large rhino sculpture that is a green stone. I’m hoping you can help us determine which stone it is made of.

    It measures approximately 15” long x 9” high x 6” wide. Weight is 20#

    Although I don’t have an expensive MOHs reader, our diamond tester shows it at 8 (or so) hardness.

    Any help and/or suggestions are appreciated! TIA
     
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  2. say_it_slowly

    say_it_slowly STAY SAFE The worst prison is a closed heart

    Have you considered verdite? It looks like some Shona rhinos I think.
     
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  3. aaroncab

    aaroncab in veritate victoria

    I was thinking maybe some variety of serpentine. Say it slowly is probably onto something with the verdite though.
     
  4. Studio Antiques

    Studio Antiques Well-Known Member

    Verdite would make sense I guess since a rhino and the stone are from the same continent
     
  5. Studio Antiques

    Studio Antiques Well-Known Member

    When I look at images of verdite it doesn’t appear as light in color as this item does.
     
  6. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    Looks like good Shona too !!!
    That's a really nice carving......
     
  7. Studio Antiques

    Studio Antiques Well-Known Member

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  8. Hollyblue

    Hollyblue Well-Known Member

    Shona stone is a serpentine with a hardness of 3-6,verdite only has a hardness of 3 according to most websites.
     
  9. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    Buddstone is a trade name for a mottled green stone related to Verdite. Buddstone is sometimes called “South African Jade” as it is only found in that location

    Maybe ???
     
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