I just hate when vendors make up stuff that isn’t true. I read this description on a beading website for their “Jade”.
"Jade is the industry name for this beautiful deep green stone. Ours is actually a Serpentine, but takes a trained eye and a microscope to discern the difference between this material and the Jade it is named after. It is extremely tough and resistant to fracture and has been used to make choppers and blades since Neolithic times. It has been said that it brings strength and longevity to the wearer. It protects against failure and misfortune. AKA- BC Jade, Serpentine, Canadian Jade, Green Jade. Mined in North America. Mohs hardness 7. "
I sent them an email noting that their description is inaccurate, that Canadian Jade, the real stuff, is Nephrite with 6 -6.5 hardness on the Mohs’ scale. Serpentine, often called “New Jade”, Peridot Jade" or “Olive Jade”, has a Mohs’ hardness of 2.5-5.5, much too soft to have ever been used for tools, and it is not accurate to use Canadian Jade or BC jade as a trade name for Serpentine.
They emailed back that their description was consistent with their vendor’s description. They also claim it is mined in Canada. I suggested they look at some reputable gemological sites such as IGS, AGTA and GIA.