Jade

There are two separate minerals that are usually classified as jade, jadeite and nephrite. We will deal with the mineralogy separately, under the heading of “jade”. General healing and esoteric properties are considered to be the same for both.

 

Blue Jade Tumble Stones

Blue Jadeite Tumble Stones

Jadeite
Species: Pyroxene
Group: Silicates – single-chain inosilicates
Chemical Formula: Na (Al,Fe)Si2O6
Crystal System: Monoclinic
Habit: Massive with granular texture
Colour: Yellow, red, black, green, blue, white and purple.

Birthstone for: Aries, Gemini, Taurus and Libra,
Chakra alignment depends on colour

White Jadeite Bird

White Jadeite Bird

Jadeite has a much wider colour range than Nephrite, and can be recognised by its granular texture. Pure jadeite is white, with colour variations according to included elements, such as iron and manganese. Because of the hardness of the stone, jadeite was used to create weapons and tools in the Stone Age.

 

Nephrite (Amphibole tremolite or actinolite)
Species: Amphibole or actinolite
Group: Silicates – double-chain inosilicates
Chemical Formula: Ca2(Mg,Fe)(Si8O22)(OH)2
Crystal System: Monoclinic
Habit: Massive, with fibrous texture
Colour: Cream, light to dark green

Birthstone for: Aries, Gemini, Taurus and Libra,
Aligns Primarily with the Heart Chakra

Nephrite Palm Stone

Nephrite Palm Stone

Nephrite is more common and has a wider range than jadeite, and includes most jade from China and New Zealand. Technically speaking, nephrite is not really a mineral name, but refers to the compact form of amphibole tremolite, or actinolite. It’s toughness made it popular for use in early tools and weapons.

Jade Bear

Jade Bear

General Properties: Jade has been considered a “good luck” stone for thousands of years, and has been treasured by the Chinese since at least 1950 BC. Ancient cultures in the Americas and Asia used it as a kidney healing stone. The Chinese use it to strengthen the body, increase longevity and cleanse the blood, and consider it a symbol of purity and wisdom gathered in tranquillity. It encourages self-realisation, particularly on a spiritual level, and is very balancing. Jade is also used in dream work.

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