Both jadestone types
may be white or colorless, but may occur as red,
green, brown, purple, yellow or gray due to the
presence of iron, chromium or manganese. There
are also wide variations of translucency in both
minerals. Minerals associated with nephrite jade
are talc, soapstone, tremolite, actinolite, and
bowenite. The Moh hardness: 6.5 - 7
is a tremolitic amphibole with the formula calcium
iron magnesium silicate.
is a mineral belonging to the pyroxene group and is
a sodium aluminum silicate.
type of jade has an ancient, romantic, oriental history.
Known to the Chinese as the Stone of Heaven, jade
is predominantly associated with the Chinese, who,
from the Neolithic period, were carving jade into
tools and simple cult objects in the form of flat
donut-shaped disks. Jade, revered and worshipped
as the center of Chinese civilization for over 5000
years, was considered "the bridge
to heaven" and was an important part of their
burial rites with six intricately carved ritual
pieces incorporated into the ceremony.
|Jade is sometimes called
"the dream stone" for its ability to help
one access the non-physical spirit realms. It is
a protective stone, and acts as a ward against negative
energies. Jade facilitates peace and harmony between
the mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional aspects
of your life. This stone can help you attain your
goals, installing resourcefulness, and allowing
you to see past your limitations and manifest your
ideas in the physical world. Jade encourages confidence,
self-reliance and self-sufficiency. It is considered
to be a lucky stone. Jade is said to promote courage,
justice, compassion, humility, generosity, wealth,
and longevity. Its use can lead to a richer, more
fulfilling life. Jade vibrates to the number 2.