Jade is a name used to describe 2 different minerals, the first of which is Nephrite, a calcium magnesium silicate with a hardness of 6. It is most commonly found in shades of pale to dark green and typically contains yellowish hues but can also display colors and hues of white, grey, brown, and black. Nephrite is most commonly found in New Zealand within Serpentine deposits and along the edges of water sources, but it can also be found in Australia, Russia, China, Taiwan, Canada, Zimbabwe and USA (Alaska and Wyoming). The second mineral known as "Jade" is Jadeite which is a sodium aluminum silicate with a hardness of 6.5-7. Jadeite has a less glassy luster than Nephrite; appearing more dull and waxy with more vivid colorations. Although it is most commonly found in green it can also occur in white, orange, yellow, grey, black, and lavender formations. Its first recorded discovery was by conquistadors in Mesoamerica and was brought back to Europe at that time. The primary source of Jadeite is Burma but it also has localities in Japan, Guatemala, Kazakhstan, Canada, Turkey, Cuba, Russia, South America, and USA. The best way to distinguish between Nephrite and Jadeite is through a "chime test". When tapped with a hard object (chime) Nephrite will let out a musical tone while Jadeite will not.
Green Jade, the common color associated with Jade, is a powerful healing stone for the heart. The strong energies it carries can be felt almost instantly when touched, especially when held to the heart. Its energies flow outwards towards the heart, injecting it with love and balance that can soften any weight one holds within it. Jade itself has a nurturing heart within its energetic makeup that seeks to heal, replenish, and support. Its energies pulse steadily and abundantly throughout the body from the heart, providing physical, emotional, and spiritual healing. Working with this stone provides a true heart to heart connection not only with the stone itself but also with divine love.
Green Jade is a strong earth element stone and has a very deep connection with Mother Earth. It is an incredible ally in understanding and connecting with nature; allowing one to work directly with nature energy and integrate it with their own energetic field. This helps to nurture your chi energy, just like the trees, giving it a strong root in the love of the heart so it can steadily increase, grow, and flourish. Green Jade will also aid in maintaining the connection to nature energy, even when one is away from nature.
Green Jade is also one of the very few stones that will transmute the negative energies surrounding you and release it into positive vibrations of love and joy that will benefit everyone in your environment. It brings the mind and body into harmony and promotes stabilization of one’s personality. Jade is a very calming stone that should be carried by anyone who has trouble dealing with situations or simply feel overwhelmed daily. This stone aids in realizing that we are all spiritual beings on the journey of human life and in turn helps one in becoming who they truly are in this physical life.
Jade is an excellent stone for young ones as it is used to protect children from harm and aids in maintaining purity and serenity. It is also very useful for those who feel they have lost touch with their inner child and can be of great aid in mending emotional wounds from the past so that one may reclaim their purity. It is recommended to wear Jade (or keep it nearby) when recovering from physical injuries as it can undo physical damage. Working with Jade or putting a piece in your pocket before bed will allow for a full, harmonious recovery of the physical body while resting. Jade in is also a very helpful dream stone; placing a piece under your pillowcase, or even taping a piece to your forehead will assist with lucid dreaming and enhance abilities of dream recall.
Throughout time Jade has been used as a stone of abundance and prosperity. It has also been used to aid in shamanistic practices and astral travel. In ancient Chinese culture Jade was used to strengthen the body through life and protect the soul after death. Some items that excavation teams have found consist of Jade pendants, musical instruments, and massive amounts of different sized Jade gems. Jade is believed to be one of the stones used in the breastplate of the High Priest as well as Aaron in the Old Testament.