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Jade...the stone of Heaven. Jade is the name used to describe either of Jadeite or Nephrite. Both jadestones take a high polish. Both have been carved into jewelry, ornaments, small sculptures and tools from the earliest recorded times.

Jadeite and nephrite differ in both crystalline structure and chemical composition. In both minerals, the microscopic crystals are tightly interlocked to form a compact aggregate. Jadeite is a silicate of sodium and aluminum and is classed as a pyroxene. Nephrite is a silicate of calcium and magnesium belonging to the amphibole group of minerals; it is usually called a form of Tremolite.

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

Nephrite is a tremolitic amphibole with the formula calcium iron magnesium silicate.
Jadeite is a mineral belonging to the pyroxene group and is a sodium aluminum silicate.
The nephrite 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.

 

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