The beauty and mysticism of Jade has had an alluring appeal for many people around the world since prehistoric times. The word Jade is applied to forms of Jadeite and Nephrite, minerals that appear the same and often cannot be distinguished from each other. this jemstone, however, contains more colour and translucency, and is considered as the true Jade, is more valuable, certainly with regard to its pricing.
In some cultures, Jade is thought to increase the body strength and endurance for the wearer, longevity, as well as virtue and love. Together with the zodiac sign of Scorpio, Jade is also the birthstone for March month. Items that contain this gemstone sold in shops today usually go by the term of Jade.
The different colourings of Jade
This beautiful jemstone comes in a variety of hues and translucencies such as greens, yellow, purple, orange, white, red and more rarely black. It can also appear in mottled green/white and is very hard and durable as well as resistant to most chemicals. Jade is ranked at about 7 on the Mohs scale. Caring for Jade jewellery is easy simply wash with soap and water to clean. The most valuable Jadeite, known as imperial Jade, is emerald green colour and comes from Myanmar, and there is a pale leek green variety found near Lake Baikal in Russia that is known as “Russian Jade”.
As Jade has a smooth even texture, it is considered a preferred material for ornamental carving, and with a cabochon cut for jewellery in rings, earrings, and bracelets. Small carved Jadeite Buddha’s are very popular for pendants and look very good set in 18ct yellow gold settings. See a collection of Swiss jewellery brands at Edellie Jewellery online shop.
The power of Jade
Jadeite is treasured by the value-conscious and status-conscious society of today. Asians have long revered this gemstone as a symbol of good luck, good health, and as a power to ward off evil spirits. In China, for several thousand years, Jadeite has represented clarity, peace of mind, and good luck. Considered the Chinese royal gemstone “yu” for over 5,000years, yu word is something precious and was thought to preserve the body after death and were found in ancient emperor’s tombs. One tomb actually contained an entire suit made of Jade. The Mayans, Olmecs, and Tolmecs of Central America treasured Jade and made their masks and carvings out of it.