Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Jade - Yes, It's Greenish

Jade has existed for more than a million years and has been given high regard for generations. Well known to almost all, this durable, tough but beautiful gemstone is part of the colorful history of the Chinese. Since its discovery, a jade’s value has continued to evolve in modern times, often times rivaling that of a diamond.  

In ancient times, jade was a sign of royalty. Many archeological digs have revealed that members of the upper class were buried with accessories made of jade and bronze.


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Throughout the centuries, jade has come to possess a deep meaning for a person.


Unknown to many, Jade is actually a generic term for two different minerals - nephrite and jadeite. Modern gemologists use the word “jade” as a generic term for both nephrite and jadeite. These two minerals are distinctly different, but their physical compositions are so similar, only an expert using high quality equipment can distinguish one from the other.  The colors of these stones range from dark green, yellow, brown, yellow, black, gray, pink & even white.


Jade is mined around the world.  Nephrite (jade) is commonly found in China, New Zealand, North America, & Russia.



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Jade is also manufactured to become part of bracelets, necklaces, earrings or rings. They are sometimes mixed with other gemstones like diamonds.


Because of its hardness and durability, they were mined in prehistoric times to make tools and weapons. When people began to discover beautiful, high-quality type of jade, talented craftsmen turned these stones into ornaments, talisman and jewelry. Today, the value and trade of jade has not failed history. It remains to be in demand worldwide.


Aside from its natural beauty, this gemstone is popular for its association with spiritual healing. It is believed to increase clarity of the mind. Furthermore, it is regarded that this stone links the spiritual and the physical world, creating balance within a person.




As with all gemstones make sure you buy from a reputable source. There are many mining companies that also sell carved stones and art pieces. Search the web, convo people who specialize in this gemstone. Or, if your not sure, start with a small trinket. This is one stone you won't regret buying. It's beautiful, grounding and green is always good for the heart chakra.


Keep Creating,
Karen

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