Jade is the name shared by two distinctly different minerals – Nephrite, a calcium magnesium silicate, and Jadeite, a sodium aluminum silicate. Though they have different compositions, hardnesses, densities and crystal structures, both are exceptionally tough stones, similar in appearance, and equally valuable in metaphysical properties.
Both occur in the beautiful olive shades we’ve come to recognize as jade green, but have some distinctions.
Nephrite generally occurs in creamy white, mid- to deep olive green, brown and black. It has a smooth surface polish with a waxy sheen and is more commonly found.
Jadeite may be a white-gray green, leafy green, blue or blue-green, emerald green, lavender, pink, red, orange, greenish-black or black. It is hard and lustrous, rarer than Nephrite, and usually more expensive.
Translucent, emerald green Jadeite, colored by traces of chromium, is called Imperial Jade and is the rarest and most valuable.
Jade is the stone of calm. Its balances nerves and soothes cardiac rhythm. Jade cleansing properties, enhancing the body’s filtration. Wearing Jade recharges energy, and traditionally believe to guard against illness.
Green Jade balances and harmonizes the Heart Chakra, aiding in both emotional and physical well-being.
The Heart Chakra is located near the center of the breastbone. It regulates our interaction with the external world and controls what we embrace and what we resist. It gives us the balancing ability to be ourselves within the environment.
When the heart chakra is out of balance one may feel either controlling or controlled in a relationship, and become critical of the little foibles of others. One may well find oneself having inappropriately strong emotional responses to everyday external stimuli.
Jade’s green energy is used to resolve blockages and to re-balance the heart chakra, helping one to understand one’s own needs and emotions clearly.
Jade in all forms has always represented nobility, not only of rank, but of ideals. The wearing of Jade assists in creating magic and enchantment works; for the highest good and in protection from harmful or deceitful entities during spirit work.
Jade utilizes wood energy in Feng Shui, the energy of growth, expansion, new beginnings, nourishment and health. It enhances vitality, brings abundance, and keeps us growing physically.
Wood energy is traditionally associated with the East and Southeast areas of a home or room. It is associated with the Family and Health area, and the Prosperity and Abundance area. In the Flying Star aspect, it represents the Academic Star.