Nephrite Properties



Stone of Vision & Dreams

Jade or “yu” (meaning precious stone) as it is called in China, is the family name for Jadeite and Nephrite. The term Jade refers to a fine-grained, mineral aggregate composed of either one or both of two other minerals: Jadeite and Nephrite.  All jade is composed of highly intergrown, interlocking crystals of one or both of these minerals.

Jadeite is a silicate of sodium and aluminium within the pyroxene group, and has a wide range of colors from emerald green (known as Imperial Jade), to all manner of green shades, purples, pinks, red, brown, orange, blue, black, and yellow!  Imperial Jade, the most coveted, is a deep rich green due to the content level of chromium. When polished, Jadeite commonly has a dimpled surface.

Nephrite is a silicate of calcium and magnesium of the amphibole group, and it is often  banded or blotchy, and homogeneous in color. It varies from a dark green (due to iron) to a cream color (which would be high in magnesium) with many shades in between, but no other varying colors.

It is said that in Chinese tradition, Jade symbolized all five virtues of humanity: Wisdom, Compassion, Justice, Modesty and Courage, therefore often symbols of these virtues were carved into pieces of Jade.

Scientific Gemstone Properties

Mohs Hardness of 7 with a monoclinic crystal structure – Jadeite
Mohs Hardness of 6.5 with a monoclinic crystal structure – Nephrite

It was long believed for centuries that Jade was but one gemstone. In 1863 that changed. Two types of Jade were recognized, Jadeite and Nephrite.

Jadeite is found in rocks, as pebbles and as boulders; some boulders actually developing a skin of sorts around the Jadeite which is often incorporated into carvings.  Both Myanmar and Guatemala have been found rich with Jadeite, but it is also found in Japan and the western part of the US.

Nephrite’s greatest deposits have been found in many forms in China, Central Asia, and later in Myanmar; later to be discovered in Russia, Siberia, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, and the USA, among others.

Metaphysical Gemstone Properties

Jade as a gemstone has much history, being part of Asian life and philosophy for many centuries. It is most often considered a symbol of purity and serenity. It is believed to bring harmony, friendship, and to attract good luck.

Although a ‘receptive’ stone, Jade is also known for its protective abilities; warding against negative energies that may surround one.  A stone that is helpful in attaining one’s goals by instilling resourcefulness, allowing one to see past any self imposed limitations, and assisting in the manifestation of one’s dreams into the physical world.

Jade is considered a very lucky gemstone, often facilitating peace and harmony in the four aspects of one’s life: Physical, Emotional, Mental and Spiritual. When these aspects work together in harmony and peace, one’s goals become easier to imagine, manifest, attain and maintain.

Said to promote courage, compassion, generosity, wealth, and longevity. To assist one in living a richer and more fulfilling life.

Healing Gemstone Properties

Physically, all types and shades of Jade have powerful calming vibrations that are very protective, especially strong for children.  Said to be a stone of the heart, strengthening it as well as the kidneys, spleen, and the adrenal gland. Assisting in the proper function of the metabolism.

Said also to be helpful in healing the nervous system, reducing stress and counteracting depression. Bashing evil spirits, and negative energies, Jade will also assist one in producing dreams that are not only vivid, but quite accurate as well.

Green is said to create the strongest calm, peace and harmony, banishing negative energies and assisting with dreams

Black is helpful when one feels as if they are under attack, this Jade will offer one strength to fight.

Blue assists in neutralizing any negative karmic influences, as well as any of the emotional issues that may be attached to them.

Brown or Grey drains one of excessive unnecessary energies, lessening the impact of negative karmic influences. Also helpful with adjusting of new surroundings and settling negative situations, particularly at home.

Purple/Lavender has been known to assist one in creativity, offering fresh and innovative ideas. Said to bring the understanding of one’s dreams, as well as aiding in the recovery of any negative love situation

Orange/Pink both said to be beneficial  in creating healthy cynicism to offer one more views of a given situation

Red is known to assist in processing feelings of anger and rage, releasing them as well as the concurrent tension

Yellow is said to enhance the balancing of the yin/yang energies to assist one in gaining a better understanding of the opposite sex.

White is understood as the most calming of all colors and may also be used in grounding; having the ability to assist one in making more prudent decisions

Magical Gemstone Properties

Energy: Receptive
Element: Water
Planet: Venus & Neptune
Freyja, Kwan Yin, Maar, Buddha
Powers:  Longevity, Wisdom & Prosperity
Candle Color: Any Shade of Green

An ancient stone of the Gods, many deity’s have been carved in Jade. It is also said to attract love on many levels, due to it’s balancing of the yin/yang and the calming attributes that surround it.  Long lore of the Chinese have said that Jade is the key to longevity, having the power to actually prolong life as well. If one is to live a long life, with wealth and prosperity, it is best to accompany that life; Jade is said to offer the ability to grant those as well.

If one is to charge Jade with money attracting energy, keeping it with one, the bearer must create a positive attitude towards money, visualize oneself using money in a creative and constructive manner, and then consciously open and allow oneself to receive said money.

Placed on the Third Eye to assist in attaining not knowledge but wisdom. As well as strengthening one’s mental capacity and assist in reasoning as well as decision making.

One may cleanse Jade under running water, and recharge it in an Amethyst geode.

Zodiac Gemstone Properties

Zodiac Stone of: Pisces, Libra, Gemini, Taurus & Aries

Associations: Venus

Birthstone: Mystical Birthstone for March and Anniversary Stone for the 12th year

Jade symbolizes renewal, rejuvenation and fertility

Chakra Gemstone Properties

Jade is known as the “Stone of the Heart” and therefore is directly related to the 4th, Heart Chakra, as well as having beneficial effect on any heart related issues, including love and relationships.