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Jade is an ornamental stone. The term jade is applied to two different rocks that are made up of different silicate minerals.Jadeite is composed of tightly packed microscopic crystals, and Nephrite is composed of extremely dense mineral fibers that are interlocked and very tough. Of the two jade forms, Nephrite is more softer and more prone to scratches, and Jadeite is not as dense and is more prone to chipping.

The English word ‘jade’ is derived from the Spanish term piedra de ijada or ‘loin stone’, from its reputed efficacy in curing ailments of the loins and kidneys. ‘Nephrite’ is derived from lapis nephriticus, the Latin version of the Spanish piedra de ijada.

Nephrite and Jadeite were used by people from the prehistoric for similar purposes. Both are about the same hardness as quartz, and they are exceptionally tough. They are beautifully coloured and can be delicately shaped. Thus it was not until the 19th century that a French mineralogist determined that “jade” was in fact two different materials.

 Nephrite can be found in a creamy white form as well as in a variety of green colors, whereas jadeite shows more color variations, including blue, lavender-mauve, pink, and emerald-green colours. Of the two, Jadeite is extremely rare and thus more valuable.

Jade is said to be a symbol of purity and serenity. Also, it is believed to radiate divine unconditional love and balance emotions.

I can’t verify these stones are jade, since they were salvaged from vintage jewelry parts, but I can attest to their beauty. The stones are smooth and a vivid green color.

Corset Necklace

Bohemian Rhapsody Necklace

Green Goddess Earrings

Ultimate Green Goddess Earrings

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