Category Archives: Coastlines – Seascapes

Big Sur Nephrite Jade

Hand polished California Nephrite Jade

After 6 months in California, I returned with jade fever and a nice haul. I spent a good portion of 3 months hunting along the coastline of Big Sur. I first went to Big Sur for the photo opportunities but crawled back up the cliff with a nice ocean polished stone.  I did some research online but ultimately it was meeting a couple local hunters that verified my find.  I was hooked!  Not just excited to find the jade but the adventure that surrounds it.  It’s definitely a small slice of wild frontier lifestyle, hunting for jade at the last edge of tide-line between cliffs and raging winter surf. I’ve always frequented areas like this, but I’m usually hunting for waves and photos.. It became a magical experience and one that I’ll treasure forever.

I like the idea of hand polishing, instead of tumbling, because I can keep a great amount of character these stones have. Not all of the stones I found were smooth from consistent ocean tumble. Some were found lodged in crevices and some I had to swim for. It’s the unique character and patina of each stone that I enjoy the most, but it’s jade and wants to show off a little shine too.

Each piece was found with a true sense of adventure and carefully worked by hand to produce the necklaces I have for sale.  Some items are listed below, but be sure to check all of my items for sale on Ebay.

 

 

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Landscapes and Seascapes of Big Sur California

(A work in progress) Here are some of my favorite Photo Galleries and Video Clips taken during my stay in Big Sur California.

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Pacific Surf Crashing Onto Lighthouse Point

Video taken at Santa Cruz Lighthouse point, several hours after an angry winter storm passed through and skies cleared. The swell peaked during the night, leaving kelp spread across west cliff drive and fresh erosion along the battered edge. Here’s a couple clips of some long period set waves smashing onto the point and throwing waterfalls over the side.



See also the photo gallery below.  This is a wave beaten area, during winter storms, and can pump the air full of salty mist and foam.   It also gets a fair share of rain with these storms so when the sky clears and the ocean is still angry, it’s an eventful site as the rage slowly subsides.

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