Few gems have the mystique of Jade, a stone that has been revered in China for more than 4000 years. Jade is also one of the most misunderstood gems. Jade, in general, has been used to manufacture a great variety of products, and for many centuries it has been considered a lucky charm. In China and Mesoamerica, Jade has been used since 5,000 ago to elaborate utensils and ornaments, as well as tools and weapons. The most common confusion is about the meaning of the term Jade itself. There is, strictly speaking, no such thing as Jade. Rather there are two different kinds of Jade - Jadeite, and Nephrite. They differ in chemical composition and crystal structure, as well as hardness.
Introduction to Jadeite:
Jadeite is the most common member of the Jade family is a stone of harmony, bringing cohesiveness to group settings, whether family or business colleagues. It strengthens relationships and helps those recover after loss or separation. Like all Jade, Jadeite is a stone of prosperity and abundance. It will increase a slow business as well as a failing garden. Jadeite is especially helpful for teenagers and children who are shy, lonely, or dealing with changing hormones. Use Jadeite to increase the ability to interpret dreams as well as induce lucid dreaming.
Jadeite comes in a variety of colors, the most famous of which is semi-transparent emerald-green Jadeite known as “Imperial Jade”. Jadeite is also found in green (light apple to deep green), lavender, white, pink, red, yellow, black, blue, and orange.
Introduction to Nephrite:
Like all Jades, Nephrite is an abundance and prosperity stone. It can be kept in a cash register to increase business, or carried/worn to start a new enterprise. Nephrite is also an earth healing crystal and will bring abundance in the garden. It can be placed in and around the home to bring peace and harmony to all who reside there, and when placed near the Heart Chakra, encourages unconditional love. A protective stone, Nephrite can be used to prevent accidents and other mishaps.
Nephrite is composed of densely woven, interlocking fibers that make it extremely tough to break, although it is a relatively soft mineral, and can be easily scratched. Nephrite is more common than its brother, Jadeite, and less expensive.