Gem, Rock, and Mineral Postage Stamps Featuring
Nephrite


Mineral Name: Nephrite

Composition: Calcium magnesium iron silicate hydroxide

Nomenclature: Named after the Greek word "nephriticus" which means "kidney stone" because of its historical use as a remedy for kidney disease.

Industrial Uses: Gemstones, ornamental stones, carvings.

Additional Notes: A variety of the mineral actinolite. One of two minerals frequently referred to as "jade" (the other mineral being jadeite).



New Caledonia : Scott 473 : 30 francs : 17 Mar 1982

Anorthosite (feldspar); Nephrite (jade); Serpentine



New Zealand : Scott 755 : 1 cent : 1 Dec 1982

Nephrite (jade)