Jade has its cultural roots in the smoke-dimmed caves and huts that sheltered prehistoric humans. Jade is a beautiful stone,taking high polish, and is really of several kinds, but only two are important. Jadeite is a silicate of sodium and aluminium;Nephrite,a silicate of calcium and magnesium. Jadeite and Nephrite, a silicate of commonly green in color,although also in other colors from white to deep richest green,but it is the deep emerald green translucent stone that is praised with religious enthusiasm.
Merely wearing, was believed by the people of the orient, it confers long life and peaceful end. They are also powerful protectors against accidents, diseases of many kinds and witchcraft.when jade is attached to a child’s neck, it is supposed to bind the little one to long life and protect it from all dangers of infantile diseases.
Diseases this jewel helped were epilepsy, and a whole variety of internal complaints. Jade was used for all diseases of kidney and was often referred to as “The Kidney Stone’. Curative powers of jade for the various forms of calculi was very generally admitted.when reduced to a powder of the size of rice grains, it strengthened the lungs, the heart and the vocal organs, and prolonged life more especially,if gold and silver added to the jade powder.
Jade was also powerful as an antidote against the poisonous bites of snakes, creatures and some animals. Here, it was probably used in the form of a lotion, or perhaps the ground-up was prescribed.
Talismans of green jade, in ancient and medieval times, were sometimes worn, in period of drought, to bring rain, for this was another of jade’s properties. The substance was also able to protect the wearer against wild beasts,evil spirits and lightning. Women in child birth were often given jade amulets to wear or hold,in the belief that this eased the pangs of difficult confinements.
Suffers from intestinal troubles sometimes wore necklaces or amulets of jade round the neck, or suspended over the area where the pain or trouble was located.It was believed that wearing jade, in any form,relieved palpitations of the heart, as well as many dropsical conditions. In the orient, it retains much of its ancient reputation both as a luck-bringer and a focusing link with non-physical forces.
Things should know before wearing Jade :-
- Jade and carnelian should not be used by those natives who have their sun in Sagittarius or Gemini signs in their horoscopes.
- Jade should only be used in silver.
- Similar to a diamond’s “4Cs,” jade pieces are priced on their color, translucence, size, and interpretation—how the designer has incorporated the natural shading and surface of the stone into the finished piece.
- Unlike other gems, like diamonds, jade is generally sold by the piece rather than its weight.
- In jadeite, look for a hard, vitreous luster; in nephrite, a waxy luster.