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Fact: The name Jade is applied to jadeite and nephrite. Jadeite is composed of microscopic interlocking crystals that produce a very tough material. Nephrite is actually not a mineral, but a variety of the mineral actinolite. The nephrite variety is composed of fibrous crystals inter-twinned in a tough compact mass. The emerald green jade called Imperial Jade is colored by chromium. The presence of iron produces other greens and brown, and manganese the violet colors. Nephrite is usually only green and creamy white, while jadeite can have the full range of jade's colors. Jade is an extremely tough stone. Besides jewelry it is used in gem carving.

It is found in the Far East, Central America and British Columbia, Canada and other places. Imperial Jade is found in Burma, Guatemala and Russia.

Fancy: Jade is said to relieve kidney problems, bladder trouble and eye problems. When worn as a piece of jewelry, jade is thought to provide protection from one's enemies and can be used to protect one on long journeys. It is also used to attract good luck, it is used for wisdom, for long life and a peaceful death.

In ancient China and ancient Egypt it was widely used as a talisman to attract good fortune, friendship and loyalty.

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