What is the meaning of Jade jewellery?
Jade makes the ideal present to pass on wishes for a healthy and long life . . and, some say, to express love
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Jade is a multiple coloured gemstone thought to promote eternity, longevity, and energy. But many believe that Jade also attracts love.
Jade has been treasured in China as a royal gemstone with special properties since at least 3,000 BC . . a great many years ago ! Jade jewellery is NOT something without deep signifiicance.
Indeed, the ancient Chinese thought Jade was the very essence of heaven and earth, and carved Jade into birds and beasts to use as items of worship. Confucius, one of the greatest philosophers of all time, concluded that Jade was associated with the five cardinal virtues: compassion, modesty, courage, justice, and wisdom.
Jade jewellery is something really special . . of that, there is no doubt.
Jade comes in many colours, each with their own properties:
Green Jade jewellery is the most common and is believed to boost energy while at the same time being calming.
Black Jade jewelry is thought to be a strong protector from negative energy.
Orange and Yellow Jade jewellery conveys the gift of inner peace, joy and happiness, and is though to boost the wearer’s energy.
Lavender Jade jewellery is said to put people in touch with their emotions, and assist in honest communication and self control.
Brown Jade jewelry is said to connect people with Mother Earth.
Blue Jade jewellery is for people who feel overwhelmed or under stress in their lives.
White Jade jewelry is used to help in concentration, by filtering out unwanted distractions.
Red Jade jewellery is used to defuse tense situations.
Jade can be associated with the birthstone month of March.
Whatever colour you choose, it makes a truly special gift – a present with REAL meaning.
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From the International Colored Gemstone Association:
Jade is a gemstone of unique symbolic energy, and unique in the myths that surround it. With its beauty and wide-ranging expressiveness, jade has held a special attraction for mankind for thousands of years.
In the long history of the art and culture of the enormous Chinese empire, jade has always had a very special significance, roughly comparable with that of gold and diamonds in the West. Jade was used not only for the finest objects and cult figures, but also in grave furnishings for high-ranking members of the imperial family. Today, too, this gem is regarded as a symbol of the good, the beautiful and the precious. It embodies the Confucian virtues of wisdom, justice, compassion, modesty and courage, yet it also symbolises female-eroticism. A visit to the jade market, be it in Hong Kong or Rangoon, or at one of the Hong Kong jade auctions organised by Christie’s, can give some idea of the significance this gem has for the people of Asia.
However, as long ago as the pre-Columbian period, the Mayas, Aztecs and Olmecs of Central America also honoured and esteemed jade more highly than gold. New Zealand’s Maoris began carving weapons and cult instruments from native jade in early times, a tradition which has continued to the present day. In ancient Egypt, jade was admired as the stone of love, inner peace, harmony and balance. In other regions and cultures too, jade was regarded as a lucky or protective stone; yet it had nowhere near the significance that it had in Asia, which was presumably due to the fact that people knew relatively little about this fascinating gem.
The name is derived from the Spanish ‘piedra de ijada’, loin-stone, jade having been recognised by the Amerindians as a remedy for kidney ailments. Because of its beneficial effect on the kidneys, the stone was also known as ‘lapis nephriticus’. That, indeed, is where the term ‘nephrite’ came from.
For collectors as well as jewellery lovers, jade is a fascinating gemstone. In Asia, above all, it is collected as an antique. Besides the quality of the gem and its processing, religion and faith also play an important role. In the West, many people prefer to collect jade in the form of snuff-boxes, cigarette holders, small bowls or rings. Since each collector has his or her own taste and his or her own likings with regard to colour, style and shape, it is no easy matter giving definite advice on the purchase of jade objects.
So, jade stone pendants and bracelets are more than pieces of jewellery. Indeed, jade carries great symbolism: The lovely appearance of jade makes it attractive to girls, especially when it is made in the shape of a heart – and, to them, jade stone jewellery symbolises love. Therefore, a heart jade pendant is an excellent gift to a gentle girl to express amour. People give jade pendants to their loved-ones, believing it can protect them, keep them away from misfortune and bring them good luck.
Jade stone pendants also represent wealth. In ancient China, quality jade pendants were designed into various shapes and were worn by royal families as a symbol of status and power. Today jade stone pendants carved in some shapes are still believed to have the ability of attracting wealth and fortune. Among them a tiger shape jade pendant is popular.
Jade stone pendants are also believed to impart clarity and rationality. Jade can bring somber insight and, if you are focusing on some important events and want to keep a clear mind, you can wear a jade pendant, for it is said to contribute to clear thought and sharp rationality.
In conclusion, jade can convey love, wealth, and rationality and is believed by many (especially in the Far East) to drive away misfortune.