Finding jade is a skill developed through years of experience; understanding the geological nature of jade, its formation process and a touch of luck. Jade deposits are mainly found through geological surveys, strategic prospecting and geological indicators from the surrounding environment. Our goal each year is to extract the maximum quantity of high quality jade for our customers, though many aspects of our mining process obstruct this goal. Rugged terrain and extreme weather conditions are only a few challenges to our mining season, already limited to a short four months per year.
Our mining process is a straightforward yet delicate system consisting of 4 main steps. First, exploration and assessment work is applied on potential deposits to determine the scalability and economic value of the site. Jade is then evaluated by using diamond drills to attain core samples of the stone at its source location to verify the viability and promise of the jade. If the jade is of interest, heavy equipment is then used to remove the jade from its original location and transported back to camp by rock trucks for additional processing. Due to jade’s hardness and its variability in boulder size and shape, diamond-tipped saws and wire saws must be used to expose the quality and reduce the boulder to manageable sizes. Lastly, at the conclusion of the mining season, commercial-quality jade is then transported back to Vancouver for sale to the public. The time constrained mining season requires our mining operations to be as effective and coordinated as possible.