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Jade Meanings & Uses

Jade is not a traditional birthstone, but it is an alternative birthstone for people born in March.  When you think of jade, a deep green may come to mind.  But jade also comes in many other colors and in several different shades of green.  Deep emerald green is the most common shade of jade and is said to bring tranquility and wisdom.  The deeper the shade of green, the more it is associated with grounding and security.

There are 2 different types of jade.  Although they are both jade, they are created from different mineral compositions.  Nephrite jade has a lot of pyroxene and aluminum.  Jadeite is very rich in magnesium.

Popular in Asia for years, jade is believed to be a stone that brings luck.  Maybe that’s why it’s an alternative birthstone for March, the month associated with the luck of the Irish.

Jade has been a revered stone for over 4000 years.  This protective & healing stone was used to make jewelry, weapons and statues.  Legend has it that the Storm God created axes with jade taken from a rainbow and left them lying on the ground for humans to find and use for protection.

Power of Jade

Long used for emotional healing, especially confidence or self-worth, jade is considered a nurturing stone.  It is thought to clear negativity from your environment and to be helpful in attracting love and balancing family relationships because of its steady vibrations.

Also called the stone of wealth and good fortune, tradition says that placing it in the southeast corner of the home or office will bring abundance, especially if you have a jade fish or a three-legged frog and place a coin in its mouth.

Darker shades of Jade are used to help with grounding.  Paler shades are thought to help balance an agitated mind.  Lavender is thought to help with intuition.

Value

The most important factor in valuing jade is its color and uniformity.  Imperial jade, semi-transparent with an emerald green color, is the most sought after and therefore most valuable.  Nephrite jade is second in value.  Red, orange, black and white are popular but not as valuable as lavender and light green.  Stones that are semi-transparent are valued higher than opaque, even if it has some imperfections.

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