What is Jade?
Jade is a term used to describe an ornamental stone popular in Eastern traditions. Green jade is the most common found, although it may be found in a creamy white, yellow, blue, or pink, and rarely in red. Used for centuries in China, jade is a ritualistic stone.
Nephrite vs. Jadeite
The word jade actually applies to two completely different stones. The first type of jade is nephrite. Nephrite is the cheaper, more common form of jade. Jadeite is the other type of jade, and is more expensive. Jadeite is slightly harder than quartz and similar in hardness to quartz. Nephrite is a bit softer, and thus cheaper. Jadeite is only found in a few dozen places across the globe, while nephrite is found far more commonly.
Meaning of Jade
As with any stone, there are many different thoughts on what the meaning of the jade stone is. There are several aspects of jade’s energetic properties. First, jade protects the beauty and positive energy we have within. When we refer to beauty in this sense, we are not just referring to physical beauty, but emotional and spiritual beauty.
Second, jade attracts and passes positive energy to its wearer. Wearing jade helps bring beauty into your life. Jade is often thought of as a stone of love. In China, along with representing financial prosperity, jade traditionally symbolizes a flourishing love life.
In Hinduism, jade is associated with Anahata, the heart chakra. This means that jade promotes opening the heart, practicing lovingkindess, and being of service to our fellows.
Finally, jade is associated with healing of the heart and kidneys. It represents beautiful life and beautiful growth, and is responsible for increased longevity and our expression of love!
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