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About Jade

Where Jade is Found : Color of Jade :
Jadeite can be found in Japan, Myanmar (formerly Burma), Guatemala, and in California and Alaska within the United States. Nephrite Jade can be located in Canada, Australia, Taiwan, China, Myanmar, Russia, and in Wyoming, U.S.A. There are two types of Jade: Jadeite and Nephrite. Jadeite is rarer, with the highest quality known as imperial Jade. Jadeite comes in a variety of colors including red, orange, yellow, green, blue, lilac, pink, black, white, and brown. Nephrite Jade is more common and comes in various tones of green -- mostly with an olive tone. Lavender Jade is the most rare and most highly valued form of the stone.
Birthstone : Anniversary :
Jade is the considered the mystical birthstone for March, and the astrological birthstone for Virgo. Jade is the anniversary gemstone for the 12th, 30th and 35th year of marriage.

History of Jade :
According to legend, the Spanish conquistadors of Central America wore amulets of Jadeite to prevent and cure kidney and hip ailments. In Central America, the Mayans, Olmecs, and Toltecs used jade for carvings and masks. A tax placed on jade by the Aztecs resulted in the recycling of earlier artworks.

In ancient Egypt and China it was widely used as a talisman to attract good fortune, friendship and loyalty. The sacred image enshrined at Wat Phra Kaeo in Bangkok, Thailand, known as the "Emerald Buddha" is actually green jadeite. Jade has been treasured in China as the royal gemstone, yu, for 5,000 years. In China, jade was believed to preserve the body after death and is often found in the tombs of emperors from thousands of years ago. To ensure physical immortality, one tomb contained an entire suit fashioned of jade.

Jade is the state gemstone of both Wyoming and Alaska as well as the Canadian state gemstone of British Columbia. Artifacts which are hundreds of years old made from Alaska's Kobuk River nephrite have been found at archaeological sites along the Bering and Pacific coasts of Alaska and British Columbia and the Arctic coast of Canada.

Spiritual and Physical Beliefs About Jade :
Jade is considered by some to be good for emotional stability and balance. Jade has been thought of as the concentrated essence of love and is therfore considered by some to be beneficial to loving relationships. Some believe that jade can helps to control the content of our dreams or their focus. Jade is thought by some to be a very protective stone, particularly good for protecting children against illness or for protection on long journeys. Jade is also used by some people to bring good luck, wisdom, long life, and even a peaceful death.

Physically, some believe that jade can help a range of ailments including problems with the kidney, heart, larynx, liver, parathyroid, spleen, thymus, thyroid, bladder, and even eyes. Yellow jade is thought by some to aid poor digestion.