Healing Properties of JadeLearn the meaning of Jade, properties and uses of Jade.
Green jade carries the energy of the Earth and nature, providing a wholesome, nurturing energy that uplifts and soothes the heart. It draws the abundance of nature into your life, helping you create physical prosperity and wellbeing.
Jade As a Gemstone
About the Stone
Jade is actually two different minerals referred to by the same name. It seems that for years two separate minerals were referred to and traded as jade because of their amazing similarities. By the time anyone realized they were dealing with two different gems, it was too late. Today, they are differentiated into jade classes, called jadeite and nephrite. Jade has long been revered by the Chinese, where it is called ‘Yu’. It is believed to reduce stress, and prolong life.
Jade is a 6 to 6.5 on the Mohs scale. Jade isn’t an exceptionally hard stone, but it is very tough. In fact, it was used by earlier civilizations for axes and weapons. Jade is an important part of the Chinese wedding ceremony: it is considered the concentrated essence of love.
Jadeite is the more expensive variety, and is actually not found in China. This variety of jade is found in Burma and Guatemala. It comes in a wide range of colors including green, mottled green and white, whitish gray, pink, brown, mauve, yellow, orange, and lilac. Green jade of this variety is usually an apple green or emerald color. Colored jade (except green) is usually pale and unevenly tinted.
Nephrite jade is more common than jadeite and is found in mostly dark green shades. This type of jade is considered to the “old and true Chinese jade”. Nephrite is slightly softer than it’s counterpart and is found in many countries including China, The United States, and Canada (British Columbia).
Jade in Jewelry
Due to jade’s toughness, it can be worn virtually any where. It is often carved, and cut into cabochon styles for pendants, earrings, and rings. Jade can also be fashioned into a complete ring, much like the hematite rings you see. There are however, many imitations of jade. “New Jade” is actually a gemstone called serpentine but looks almost identical. The easiest way to tell real jade apart is a basic scratch test (although this still isn’t a definitive test). Real jade should not be easily scratched by a knife while serpentine and many other imposters are. When purchasing jade, just make sure you trust the source and you should be fine.