Jade, sometimes called "the stone of heaven", has caught attention and avid following from both the east and west. The desire for jade has both triggered and funded wars, uprisings and dictatorships.
The name jade has been used to describe both of its variations: jadeite and nephrite. Both are considered acceptable forms of jade, but nephrite is more commonly available. The name jade was derived from the Spanish nickname "piedra de ijada" meaning hip or loin stone; it was said to guard against harm, especially from ailments of the loins and kidney.
The Chinese referred to this gemstone as "yu" for "royal gem." Like gold and diamonds influence the West, Jade plays an important role in Chinese history. It was being mined as early at 6000 BCE and has been treasured in the East since the Neolithic era. Jade became a status symbol of goodness, preciousness and beauty. In the Chinese culture jade embodied the Confucian virtues of courage, wisdom, modesty, justice and compassion. The 18th century Chinese Emperor Qianlong amassed an excessive hoard of jade. The collection was sold on the global market after the Imperial Court was ransacked during the Japanese invasion.
Today, Jade is treasured for its splendor. Traditionally green jade is preferred, and its color ranges from deep emerald green to light gray-green. Hue is affected by iron and manganese deposits in the stone, and jade can be found in a variety of other colors, including pink, lavender, orange and brown. Jade will occasionally reveal lines and spots which are not considered imperfections. These dissimilar patterns are considered distinct and can add value to a piece.
- Early Egyptians viewed jade as a stone of affection, tranquility, accord and stability.
- Jade has been called the "dream stone," and when placed under your pillow, it may help you recall your dreams when you wake. It is also said to help you make your dreams a reality by lending perspective and grace under pressure.
- Jade is considered lucky and helps facilitate harmony and calm the mind, body and soul.
- Crystal healers use jade to strengthen the kidneys, nerves, and immune system. It is also thought to protect against childhood illness.
- Jade that has been carved or fashioned into a butterfly is said to attract love.
Jade can be acquired from Alaska, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Russia and Taiwan. We procure premium jade from China, and it is handpicked to ensure top-grade quality.
- Ranks 6.5 to 7 on Mohs hardness scale.
- Colors also available in white, lavender, orange, brown and pink. Translucent emerald-green jadeite-jade is the most prized variety.
- Sourced from China.
- Member of the jade family.
- Mystical birthstone for March.
- Associated with the zodiac signs Gemini, Cancer, Libra and Virgo.
- Traditional gift for 35th anniversaries.
- Official gemstone of Alaska and Wyoming.
- Infrequent application of color and polish may be applied to enhance exterior beauty.