Fun Facts About Jade


 

  1. The term "jade" comes from the Spanish phrase "piedra de ijada," which means "stone for the ache in the side." When Spanish explorers arrived in Central America, they saw the Mayans and Aztecs holding the stone to their sides. The natives were able to treat or ease different aches and pains via jade.
  2. Jade is a decorative stone. The term "jade" refers to two metamorphic rocks composed of diverse silicate minerals, one of which is Nephrite jade and the other is Jadeite. The two types of jade are essentially identical in appearance.
  3. Many people believe that authentic Jade is only available in green (Imperial Jade), but it is found in a variety of colors, including green, red, white, blue, black and yellow.
  4. The most valuable jade you can find is ‘Imperial Jade’, Fei Cui, which features a vibrant emerald-green hue and high level of translucency.
  5. Jadeite is rarer than nephrite and is therefore regarded as more precious. Nephrite sources are found in China, New Zealand, Russia, Guatemala and the Swiss Alps. Dark green jade, dubbed Canada jade, is also found in Western Canada. Jadeite is found in China, Russia and Guatemala, but the best stones come from Burma, now known as Myanmar.
  6. Myanmar contributes about 70% of the world's supply of high-quality jadeite today.
  7. Although some jade is mined, the majority is found in streams.
  8. Jadeite has a hardness similar to quartz, whereas nephrite has a softer hardness. Both nephrite and jadeite are tough, but nephrite is tougher.
  9. Jade is the official gemstone of British Columbia, where considerable amounts are found in the Lillooet and Cassiar areas. In addition, it is Alaska's official gemstone.
  10. The Chinese refer to jade as “yu”, which means “heavenly” or “imperial.” Thus, it's known as the imperial gem in Chinese culture.
  11. Jade has long been prized not only for its beauty, but also for its mystical implications, spiritual properties, and medicinal properties. Green Jade, in particular, offers relaxing characteristics, allowing its user to reestablish natural heart rhythm in times of stress by balancing nerves, alleviating shock and balancing the nerves.
  12. In addition, the different colors of jade have different meanings. Black jade, for example, is a protective stone, whilst purple jade promotes laughter and happiness.
  13. Lavender Jade is one of the rarest types of Jade, and the mineral manganese brings about its purplish tinge. Lavender Jade has a peaceful energy that can calm, balance and provides joy, inner peace, and harmony to those who use it.
  14. It is difficult to tell the difference between real and imitation jade, but there are several distinct characteristics. Because of its tremendous density, real jade is quite weighty. It’s usually heavier than it looks and heavier than comparable gems of a similar size and appearance.

 

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