Jade, Black

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Shield yourself from all negative energy.

Accept and integrate your Shadow Self.

Release and heal deep emotional trauma.

Be at peace with yourself and your world.

Let Black Jade inspire powerful spiritual growth!

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Healing Properties of Black Jade

Spiritual: Black Jade encourages us to explore our vulnerabilities and shadows to them for what they really are, rather than for what we fear them to be.  It helps us to do deep work and unpack negative unconscious beliefs we have long carried from our childhood or from our larger culture.  Black Jade is also a protective stone, which makes it particularly well-suited to help us explore topics related to trauma and PTSD.  It is an ideal crystal tool for shamanic journeying and other intense spiritual work.  Black Jade encourages us to become spiritually mature and to have a grounded basis for our spiritual beliefs.  It invites us to take our dreams out of the clouds, and to give them solid foundations in reality.  Black Jade from Peru has Pyrite inclusions making it a particularly good stone for attracting financial abundance and security.  Black Jade is attuned to the Root, Third Eye and Crown Chakras and linked to the astrological sings of Aries, Taurus, Gemini, and Libra.  It is connected to the Element of Earth and vibrates to the numbers 5 and 9.

Emotional: Black Jade has a calm, soothing energy that is helpful during periods of long-term stress or sudden crisis. It helps us to keep an objective stance and to not allow our emotions to run away with us. Black Jade encourages us to stay calm, to look for practical solutions, and to find good people who can help us restore peace to our lives. In regards to long-term stress, Black Jade can also help us to recognize that constant stress is in large part a choice.  We can make different choices that overtime may lead to serenity. These changes do not happen overnight, and require a great deal of patience to achieve. Black Jade promises to help us every step of the way if we earnestly desire true peace.  It helps us to engage in honest self-reflection, to own our choices, and to be willing to grow and change.   

Mental: Black Jade has a thoughtful energy, helping us to see situations clearly and not jump to false conclusions. It is known as a “philosopher’s stone” because it encourages us to look at life from a logical point of view and to see systems and patterns and discover their greater meaning. It encourages tolerance, inclusiveness, and practicality. It is an excellent stone for anyone who uses their words to guide others, including parents, teachers, politicians, and media personalities.  Black Jade also encourages integrity in our words, actions and beliefs.

Physical: Black Jade is used by metaphysical healers to reduce inflammations, especially in the lower body. It is also believed to help protect against bacteria, parasites and associated illness.

Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.

Mineralogy of Black Jade

Black Jade (Nephrite), Wyoming, USA

Mineral Family: Double-chain Inosilicates

Chemical Composition: Ca2(Mg, Fe)5(Si8O22)(OH)2
Cleavage: Perfect
Color: All colors
Crystal System: Massive
Form/Habit: Massive
Fracture: Splintery, brittle
Gravity: 2.9-3.4
Hardness: 6.5
Luminescence: None
Luster: Dull to waxy
Streak: White
Transparency: Translucent to opaque

Location: Jadeite and Nephrite are two distinct minerals, both of which are commonly called “Jade.” Nephrite is the more common variety and is found in numerous locations worldwide.  Black Nephrite is relative rare and can be found in Australia, Canada, Peru, and the United States (Wyoming).  This particular variety comes from a deposit in Peru.

Mineral Family:  The term “Jade” can refer to either Jadeite or Nephrite, two completely distinct Silicate minerals. Silicate minerals form the largest family of minerals, including more than 25% of all known minerals and 40% of all common minerals. In addition to being a major part of the Earth’s crust, Silicate minerals have also been found on the moon and in meteorites. Silicates are minerals which contain the elements Silicon (a light gray shiny metal) and Oxygen (a colorless gas). Together, these two elements form a tetrahedron – a shape similar to a pyramid – with a Silicon atom in the center and Oxygen atoms at each of the four corners. These tetrahedra connect with other chemical structures, in six different ways, to form various minerals and rocks. There are six main groups of Silicate minerals, and these main groups are further subdivided into secondary subdivisions, such as Quartz and Feldspar. Jadeite belongs to the “Single-Chain Inosilicate” group, making it closely related to AstrophylliteDiopsideKunziteNuummite, and Rhodonite. Nephrite belongs to the “Double-Chain Inosilicates” group and has no well-known mineral relatives.  Black Jade from Peru is black Nephrite, in some locations it may have golden Pyrite inclusions.

Associated Minerals: ApatiteDiopside, Grossular Garnet, Magnetite (Lodestone), Prehnite, Pyrite, Rutile, and Vesuvianite

Formation: Nephrite Jade is typically formed by contact metamorphism. Contact metamorphism occurs when an igneous intrusion disrupts existing rocks, and the heat and pressure from the intrusion causes the stones to melt and recrystallize. This process creates new minerals, and the rocks to become metamorphic. Nephrite is particularly likely to appear if the original stone was magnesium-rich Limestone, which during the metamorphic process becomes marble.

Mining: Nephrite Jade is mined at its primary location, and is usually found as small rocks and sheets.

Enhancements: Many of the cheap to moderately priced “Jade” sculptures and ornaments on the market are fake (made of glass and plastic) or have been dyed. When the Jade is authentic, it is often Nephrite since true Jadeite can be very expensive! Tumbled Jade is virtually always Nephrite and are fully natural, enhanced only by the tumbling process itself.

Synonyms: Black Incan Jade

Map courtesy of TravelBlog
Photos: Rough Nephrite

History of Jade

imperial jade

Imperial Jade

Jadeite and Nephrite are two distinct minerals, both of which are commonly called “Jade.” Jade has been treasured since the dawn of history in Eastern Asia and Central/South America, where most of the larger deposits are found. In China and Japan, as well as in the Aztec language, the words for “Jade” and “precious stone” are, in fact, identical. In Eastern Asia, Jade has much of the same allure that diamonds do in the West. In fact, the most desirable form of Jade, “Imperial Jadeite” (vibrant emerald green), has been sold for millions per carat on the modern market. Only a single gemstone, the vivid “Pink Star Diamond,” has commanded a better price per carat!

Lavender Jadeite Butterfly

There is a saying in China, “Gold has a price, but Jade is priceless”.  Unlike other precious metals and gemstones, Jade can be found in an enormous range of sizes, colors and shapes, with various impurities and grains which affect its character.  As a result, each piece is unique and some pieces are truly exceptional! Purple or Lavender Jade is the second most desirable color.  The majority of jewelry-quality Purple/Lavender Jade comes from Myanmar (sometimes incorrectly labeled as “Burma”).

Long before the dawn of civilization, early man was attracted to Jade, for both utility and beauty. Jade can hold an edge better than most stones, and so was made into prehistoric ax-heads, hammers, carving implements, and other sharp tools. The oldest known Jade tool has been dated between 8000-9000 BCE! Because Jade can be easily carved and polished, it has also been used to make statues and charms for thousands of years. Jade carvings often carry deep meanings, making them more than just simple decorations. For example, in China a carving of a Jade mountain symbolizes the wish for a long life, while a Jade butterfly symbolizes the immortality of the soul and power of love.

Because Jadeite and Nephrite look very similar, they were not scientifically distinguished as two separate minerals until 1863. However, master Chinese craftsmen have long noticed that some Jade, particular Jade from Myanmar, is harder and denser, and also is somewhat easier to carve and takes a higher polish. As a result, it became the preferred variety. This type of Jade is now known as Jadeite. All other Jades, including those found in the Americas, are properly called Nephrite.

Because Jadeite and Nephrite look very similar, they were not scientifically distinguished as two separate minerals until 1863. However, master Chinese craftsmen have long noticed that some Jade (specifically that from Myanmar/Burma) is harder and denser, and also is somewhat easier to carve and takes a higher polish. As a result, it became the preferred variety, especially when found with a vivid color. This type of Jade is now known as Jadeite. All other Jades, including those found in the Americas, are properly called Nephrite.

jade dragonThe greatest source for Jade lore comes from China. According to one legend, Jade is the petrified tears of dragons who have cried whenever China was conquered by invaders. Another story relates that Jade is the concentrated essence of true love. As a result, Jade is traditionally often given to newlyweds,  and is said to assure the quick and easy birth of an heir. Newborn babies in the East have worn Jade amulets to protect them from childhood diseases for centuries. Countless generations of businessmen have carried Jade in their pockets to help them during negotiations, while many farmers traditionally bury Jade near their crops to protect them from both heavy rain and drought.

Among the Chinese royal and noble classes, Jade’s allure was even more marked. In the Chinese writing system, the original word for “king” took the form of a string of Jade beads. Confucius wrote about the “eleven virtues of Jade,” which corresponded with the ethical behavior of the feudal upper class. For example, Jade’s soft glossy texture symbolized the importance of “benevolence.” Confucius himself was closely linked to Jade. According to legend, his birth was announced by a unicorn who gave his mother a Jade tablet, and proclaiming that he would be the greatest of all philosophers, and a “throneless” king.

Jade Emperor

Jade Emperor

Chinese religious ceremonies and Feng shui also call for Jade ornaments, of specific shapes and colors. A piece of round Green Jade symbolizes heaven, while a square of Yellow Jade symbolizes earth. When used together, they symbolize the soul in balance. Black Jade was for the North, Red Jade for South, White Jade for West, and Green Jade for East, when used together they are thought to bring harmony to a person or space.

Jade holds an especially important place in the Tao religion. For example the supreme god is known as the Jade Emperor, who lives in a Jade Palace, on top of a Jade Mountain, 3000 feet in circumference and height. At the foot of the Jade Mountain, is the Jade Lake, near which blooms the Jade Tree, which can give immortality. The Jade Emperor has the power to grant earthly prayers and it is to him that most devotees address their pleas.

Jade also holds an important place in traditional Chinese medicine. It is typically powdered or reduced into pebbles the size of rice grains, and ingested. It is said to relieve heart-burn and asthma, strengthen the lungs and heart, as well as increase the sheen of the hair. When Jade is made into a tonic with rice and dew-water, it is said to strengthen the muscles, improve flexibility, and calm the mind. When mixed instead with gold or silver, it was said to prolong life itself.

Olmec Jade Mask

Olmec Jade Mask

Similarly, Jade was given special meaning in Central and South America. It was used for medicinal purposes, buried with nobles, and used to bring man into peace and harmony with his environment. Many examples of fine Jade carvings have been found belonging to the Mayan, Aztec, and the mysterious Olmec civilizations. Natives in Brazil have handed down Jade amulets for generations, believing that they protect the family against diseases and poison. A similar tradition was also followed in New Zealand among the Maori. They believed that precious Jade could only be found with the help of a wizard, who was aided by the spirits of the dead. When a piece of Jade was found, it would be carved to represent ancestors, and passed down through the male line as a source of power and strength.

Because Jade wasn’t introduced to Europe until the 16th century, it was not included in ancient or medieval European lapidaries, texts which describe gemstones and their powers. It is thought that Marco Polo described Jade in his travels, possibly even visiting a Nephrite mine in central Asia in 1295. Marco Polo refers to the stone as a “jasper,” a generic term during the medieval period referring to any variety of green stone. In the 14th century lapidary by Chevalier Jean de Mandeville, there is a stone called Silente which most likely was a reference to Jade. Accordingly, Silente, “waxes and wanes like the moon. It protects pregnant women and helps them deliver on time. It brings peace and agreement and helps to reconcile lovers. It raises the morals and lessens inflammation.”

Jade was properly introduced to Europe by explorers returning from the New World, and it is from this period that we can trace the etymological origin of the names, Nephrite and Jadeite. In Europe, Jade was originally called by the Greek names, lapis nephriticus (stone for the kidneys) and the Spanish name, piedra de hijada (stone of the flank) since Jade was used by the Aztecs to treat kidney and bowel conditions. Over time, piedra de hijada became first l’ejade, and then simple “Jade.”  When gemologists discovered that Jade was actually two minerals in the nineteen century, they called the more precious variety “Jadeite” and used “Nephrite,” from lapis nephriticus, for the more common variety.

The foundation for European beliefs about Jade can be traced to a 16th century medical book. In 1569, Dr. Nicolas Monardes of Seville, a Spanish physician and botanist, made the first European reference to Jade in his Historia medicinal de las cosas que se traen de nuestras Indias Occidentales (Medical Study of the Products Imported from our West Indian Possession). Dr. Monardes described the physical appearance of Nephrite Jade and how it was commonly carved in Central America. He then wrote, “The Indians used to wear them attached for kidney or gastric pains, for they had marvelous efficiency for both these infirmities…This stone has an occult property by means of which it exercises a wonderful prophylactic effect [preventing diseases].”  To further illustrate his point, he included descriptions of various European gentlemen and noble ladies who had worn Jade to overcome various illnesses or reduce pain. For centuries afterward, many physicians and noble patients wore Jade bracelets or beads to cure numerous ailments. Some recommended that Jade be worn constantly, while others cautioned against overuse, so that the body wouldn’t become too tolerant of it, causing it to be less effective over time.

Photos: Imperial JadeButterflyDragonJade EmperorOlmec Mask

Photos: LumeriaShasta

Ethically Sourced Green Jade

 

The Miners sell to a wholesale dealer.

The wholesaler sells to a lapidary.

  The lapidary sells to a  US Importer with local Peruvian roots.

The Importer sells directly to Moonrise Crystals. 

Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.

 

 

 

 

 

The Supply Chain

The Supply Chain is relatively short and clean.

The Mine, Lapidary and Export/Import company are located in the same country.

 

 

The Mine

This Black Jade most likely comes from a small mine in Peru.  

The exact deposit is unknown, but Peru has some of the best safety standards for miners.

Learn More: Ethical Mining

 

 

The Lapidary & Importer

This Black Jade was polished in Lima, Peru and imported to the United States.    

The Importer is a family business with deep ties to Peruvian miners.

It was founded by an aunt in the USA and her nephew in Lima, Peru.

The Importer is eco-conscious and workers are paid fairly

Learn More: Ethical Lapidary

 

Sourcing Relationship

I first spoke to the manager of the export company after finding them online in early 2017 and met the manager in person at the Denver Gem Show later that year.  I was cautious about doing business with them since they are the exporter, rather than the miners or tumblers.  But I studied their company and was pleased by their dedication to environmentalism.  They focus on exporting Fair Trade, Consciously-Made, and No-Harm Peruvian handicrafts.  They also have worked to reduce their carbon footprint in their wholesale warehouse.

In 2019, I had a long conversation with the manager about ethical topics in the stone industry.  She was willing to speak candidly about both the positives and the negatives.  She also shared how she personally struggled with the ethical issues and her part in the supply chain.  Whenever a shipment of goods arrives from Peru, she insists on smudging every box before it is brought into the factory.  The manager introduced me to the mother of the current owner.  A tiny woman, less than 5 ft tall, she was happy to reminisce with me about how she started the company more than 30 years ago.  She had been a young immigrant mother, searching for a new life.  Her nephew, back in Peru, shipped her a few buckets of Pyrite and asked her to see if she could sell them.  She laughed to remember those days and radiated happiness and gratitude.  Today, the business is run by her son and his cousin in Peru.

Safe Handling of Black Jade

Black Jade

What You’ll Receive: A 100% natural Black Jade

Selection Process: The stone I select for you will be carefully chosen for its beauty and appeal.  If combined with other stones, I always take time to choose stones that look and feel good together.

Origin: Peru

Polishing Method: Drum polished. Each stone is unique and minor variations are what makes them beautiful.

Details:

  • Color: Black and dark green
  • Polish: Shiny and smooth
  • Quality: AA
  • Shape: Rounded
  • Size: Average size is 1 inch / 25mm
  • Transparency: Opaque
  • Weight: Average weight is 0.5 oz / 14 grams / 75 carats

Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days.  International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.

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