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Friday mineral: J A D E


Friday 🙂 A day ruled by benefic planet Venus. Even the name Friday is for goddess Freya. Anyway, another day -another mineral. This time another green stone but much different than emerald. It’s Jadeite, also known as Jade. 

Axe heads made from jadeite quarried in northern Italy in the Neolithic era have been found across the British Isles. Many of them, along with beads were uncovered in Japan. For thousands of years, jadeite has been the most popular stone in China. Emperors traded or waged war with distant people to acquire high quality jade. In China gifts made from jade are given for every important station in life, such as birthdays, weddings and other celebrations.

Hafted axe with dragons. ca. 1300-1200 B.C.E. Unidentified, Chinese   Late Shang dynasty  Early Anyang period Bronze with turquoise inlay and jade (nephrite) bladeAnyang,  China Smithsonian Museums
Hafted axe with dragons. ca. 1300-1200 B.C.E. Unidentified, Chinese Late Shang dynasty Early Anyang period Bronze with turquoise inlay and jade (nephrite) blade Anyang, China Smithsonian Museums

Chinese alchemist Ko-hung thought gold & jade, placed in the nine openings of the deceased, would prevent the body from decaying,and placing pearls, said to contain yin energy, in the burial place would ensure rebirth and reincarnation. While jade was accorded solar qualities, accredited with yang energy, and was believed to be a panacea, a remedy for all diseases. 

 

And while China attributes solar qualities to this stone, William Lilly mentions this stone as stone ruled by planet Venus. It’s green rich colors remind of deep forest or green endless wilderness.

In 1863. , Alexis Damour discovered that the material known as “jade” could be divided into two different minerals. Jadeite & Nephrite. Before then it was originally thought all jade is from the same material. While jadeite colors are with various shades of white to dark green, sometimes gray, pink, lilac, red, blue, yellow, orange, colored by impurities, while Nephrite colors range between white, cream and dark green. Both stones were not properly distinguished by scientists.

A very rare and unusually large dark green jade bi. Late Neothlitic period, northwest China, circa 2000 B.C.
A very rare and unusually large dark green jade bi. Late Neolithic period, northwest China, circa 2000 B.C.

 

Jadeites name comes from French l’ejade and Latin ilia, from the Spanish phrase “piedra de ijada” which means stone of the side.

There are many different types of jade. So let’s see what are some main differences:

IMPERIAL JADE-fine grained jadeite with a bright translucent and rich, uniform green color.

The most valuable form of jade is the Imperial jade. It is an emerald green color. The rarer colors are yellow, pink, purple and black. In ancient Egypt, jade was admired as the stone of love, inner peace and harmony
Imperial jade

AFRICAN JADE-massive green gross vlasite garnet found in the Transvaal Province of South Africa

AMAZON JADE- amazonite, a blue-green microcline fledspar

AMERICAN JADE- californite, a variety of vesuvianite

BOWENITE JADE- a variety of serpentine resembling nephrite

GARNET JADE- a massive variety of green gross valrite garnet

HONAN JADE-name used for variety of jade substitutes including jade in quartz, serpentine, soapstone

MEXICAN JADE-green dyed calcite or greenish traventine

INDIAN JADE- aventurine quartz

KOREAN JADE- variety of jade look-alikes including glass, soapstone and serpentine

 

PHYSICAL PROPERTIES OF JADE:

  • CATEGORY: Pyroxene group
  • FORMULA: NaAlSi2O6
  • CRYSTAL SYSTEM: Monoclinic
  • HARDNESS: 6.5-7

Jade is an ancient stone that has historically been used to attract love. It can be used to bring money into your life and is also a protective stone.The soothing green color of jade makes it a wonderful healing stone. It helps the body in selfhealing while working through underlying, nonphysical reasons for a precipitation for disease. It is particularly helpful for kidney, heart and stomach complaints.

METAPHYSICAL PROPERTIES:

  • known as dream stone
  • releasing negative thoughts and irritations
  • brings insightful dreams
  • improves remembering dreams
  • releases suppressed emotions via dreams
  • helps in learning to cherish and enjoy
  • helps artisans &  craftsmen
  • brings good luck in love
  • confidence , self-reliance
  • improves dysfunctional relationships
  • helps restore dignity
Raw Jade                                                                                                                                                                                 More
Raw Jade slab

 

CHAKRA: heart chakra, sacral chakra

ASTROLOGY: Lilly gives it influence of Venus, which means it belongs to both Taurus and Libra, but also their opposites Scorpio and Aries, and Venus exaltation in Pisces and fall in Virgo. 

Wyoming jade usually found in Carbon County
Wyoming jade usually found in Carbon County

 

 

Post started: Venus day, Venus hour

Post finished: Venus day, Saturn hour

-Sofia

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