For thousands of years jade, an ornamental mineral stone has been a favourite of mankind. Its popularity in the old days can be best seen in ancient Asian artworks, especially Chinese. The word 'jade' is derived from the Spanish term 'piedra de ijadan'.
Jade consists of two separate minerals, nephrite and jadeite. Even though they have entirely different chemical and structural properties, it is quite hard to tell them apart. Nephrite which is the commonly available form of jade, has lower translucency and radiance than jadeite. Also, jadeite is slightly harder than nephritis. Jadeite has a density range of 3.30-3.38 and nephrite has only 2.90-3.03, making it less dense than jadeite.
Nephrite is considered a cleansing stone. It represents purity and beauty which brings out grace, joy and pleasant dreams. Jadeite has the healing capacity helping to lead a healthy and longer life. Nephrite is available widely in China, Russia and New Zealand. The rare jadeite is found only in Western parts of Canada and. North America.
When we look at the history of jade, we can see that it was used in many forms from making weapons to decorative items to gorgeous ornaments. In Central America, deity masks were made using this stone. We can find traces of this stone, which was considered a precious gem by ancient Chinese rulers once in burial sites and other famous excavation scenes all around the world.
Contrary to popular belief, the colour of jade is not limited to a green or greenish range. It is available in a wide range of colours, each having distinct energy and meaning.
The emerald green coloured imperial jade, is the most valuable coloured jade available. It is a rare piece of translucent to semi-transparent jadeite. The most common coloured jadeite is the pale green.
Vintage styles like glass jade bracelet and green jade triangle necklace can wear as a statement piece.