FUN FACTS ABOUT APRIL'S BIRTHSTONE: JADE

Jade Gemstone

The jade crystal is a brilliant and fascinating thing, found in a number of places around the world. It is also known as ' Jadeite ', or ' Nephrite '. This gemstone's many sides include lore, legend, myth, history and fact.  

  • The Jade stone is the birthstone for the month of March and the stone given in celebration of the 12th, 30th, and 35th anniversaries of marriage.
  • The jade stone's name is derived from the Greek word, “eidos” meaning “appearance,” since the stone can change colors in different types of light. 
  • The jade gemstone is the variety of two different minerals i.e. nephrite and jadeite.
  • The jade crystal is one of the hardest-known substances on earth. It’s at least 10 times harder than steel, but also 10 times lighter. 
  • Jade is a mineral gemstone that is characterized by being an olive-green color, which it gets from the presence of chromium and iron. The color could be described as various shades of greenish including yellowish-green and bluish-green.
  • Jade is an easy-care gemstone that is often mistaken for being glass because of its transparency. The reason for this misconception is that jade absorbs less than 2 percent moisture (whereas most other stones absorb 10 to 15 percent or more). This durability makes jade one of the most popular gems for carving and other jewelry production.
  • Jade is a gemstone that is found on every continent except Antartica. Some of the largest deposits of jade on Earth are found in northern Burma and southern China; however, it can also be found in Guatemala, El Salvador and New York State. 
  • The jade gem contains a natural energy that allows you to maintain a calm outlook on life during any crisis and stimulates the mind to help clear away mental fog.
  • The jade crystal was one of the eight treasures of the ancient Egyptians. Queen Cleopatra wore it as an amulet to bring about good fortune and prosperity.
  • It is sometimes difficult to distinguish between real Jade and faux Jade, but there are some definite differences between them. Authentic Jade is fairly hefty as it has a high density. It’s usually heftier than it looks and heavier than comparable gems of a similar size and appearance. In addition, authentic Jade is a cold stone (it takes a while to warm up in your hands). It is extremely hard and therefore difficult to break. Jade also has tiny fractures within its structure which are hard to see with the naked eye.