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