Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~Albert Einstein
Since prehistoric times, man has used Jade for tools, weapons, jewelry, religious ornaments, and other purposes.
Primitive people in the British Isles sharpened it into axe heads and knives. Tribes in Mexico, Central and South America, and New Zealand fashioned it into deity masks and cast it into wells, hoping the water spirits would bless them with fresh water.
But it’s China that values Jade as much as Americans value diamonds. Prized not only for its beauty but also for its powers of healing and protection, Jade was carved into jewelry, statues, burial items, vessels, and even musical instruments.
This beautiful stone is actually two different minerals, jadeite (rare) and nephrite (common). Jadeite is an aluminum-rich pyroxene; nephrite is magnesium-rich amphibole. Both are translucent opaque minerals, with a 6-7 on the Mohs scale of hardness.
Both varieties have been found in China, Russia, and Guatemala; the best stones come from Burma (now Myanmar).
Besides its customary green form, Jade also appears in white. lavender, yellow, blue, black, red, orange, and grey.
Ancient peoples revered Jade as the ultimate “Dream Stone,” encouraging creativity and access to the spirit world. It also serves as a talisman, assuring long life and a peaceful death.
Jade is protective for travelers and gardeners. It supports new love, increases fidelity, and inspires love in later life. It’s said to help healers make practical diagnoses, supports educators, and lifts up military personnel. It signifies peace through strength.
Green Jade balances the heart chakra. While it’s not a traditional birthstone, it is the stone for those born under the zodiac signs of Taurus and Libra. Feng Shui practitioners believe Jade dragons, fish, frogs, and statues of Buddha attract good luck and prosperity, especially when placed in a home’s east area to draw new opportunities and health.
In China, Jade carved into the shape of a butterfly is a powerful symbol of love. It is believed that Jade was the twelfth stone in the breastplate of the High Priest, Aaron.
Jade is said to impart a feeling of calm and aids in the release of negative thoughts. Place a piece of Jade between two purple candles. Light the candles and let them burn a while, then carry the Jade as a protective amulet.
(As always, the claims here aren’t meant to take the place of medical advice. They’re based on folklore and various other sources, and likely “work” if one’s belief is strong enough!)