Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Jade The Mystical Birthstone
I love Jade. I cant even tell you how much. I love especially the pink and lavendar varieties of Jade. These colors are usually enhanced or died, but I dont mind. There are two common forms of Jade, Jadeite and Nephrite.
Jadeite is a very tough and resistant form of Jade. It has tight growth of tiny interlocking grains, which makes it tough and resistant to scratching. It occurs in a variety of splendid colors. Jadeite is usually more transparent of the two kinds, and usually brings higher prices.
Nephrite Jade is a very dense and even tougher variety of Jade than Jadeite. It occurs in all colors, with green being the most valuable. Nephrite is more common than Jadeite.
Both Jadeite and Nephrite are used in Jewelry in Cabachons. It is also used for carvings, and vases, and other ornamental decorative uses. It is a very versatile and collectible gemstone. Both forms have a hardness ranging from 6-7, on the Mohs Hardness Scale.
Jade is an ancient symbol of love and virtue. It has long been felt that it helps to protect the kidneys as well as other vital organs. It is also believed that wearing Jade, will increase body strength and add longevity to life.