B.C. jade is in the spotlight when Discovery’s Jade Fever returns to televisions for its second season on Tuesday, February 23. The series follows the Bunce Family and their business partner Alan Qiao as they search for high-grade nephrite jade in Northern B.C.’s Cassiar Mountains.
“It’s been a great experience working with Discovery on Jade Fever. They allow us to be who we are, a family that takes care of each other,” said Claudia Bunce, one of the owners of Dease Lake Jade Mining. “We’re working hard trying to become leaders in the jade industry.”
Bunce fell in love with jade after her father, a jade miner himself, moved their family to the area now known as Jade City. She would eventually take ownership of the Cassiar Mountain Jade store and helped set up Dease Lake Jade Mining along with her husband Robin, son Josh, and Qiao.
“We’ve proved that (Jade City) is a good place for jade mining,” said Qiao, who has lived in Canada for 15 years and is the go-between for the Bunce’s and their foreign investors. “Other companies saw what we’ve done and we earned their respect.
“Jade has a huge market in China, and in the future B.C. jade could be number one.”
Season one of Jade Fever is nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for Best Factual Program or Series. Season two promises more high-stakes drama, with new investors from Beijing, challenging landscapes, and a serious car accident impacting the search for the precious rock.
“Canadians are intrigued by Jade Fever. They want to learn about jade and how our family works together,” said Bunce. “We have an amazing group working with us, local and foreign, and we’re on the right path.”
“Season two will be a wonderful showcase of our mining,” added Qiao. “So far the market has had a really good reaction to our jade. I’m in Beijing right now promoting B.C. jade.
“I’m really happy to work with Claudia, Robin, and their hard-working son Josh. They have earned my respect.”
Season two of Jade Fever premieres on Discovery on February 23 at 7 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET.