What is jade?
Jade is one of the hardest minerals on earth. In fact, it is harder than modern industrial steel! It has been prized for millennia for its rarity, translucency, durability, subtle colors and fine polish.
Jade occurs naturally in a number of places around the globe including parts of Asia, Mesoamerica, and the Pacific Islands. Examples of objects from each of these regions from the permanent collection of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts are included in this set as well as video clips about jade and its unique properties.