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.

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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 with 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: Lemurian Jade, Midnight Lemurian Jade (See history tab for more information)

Map courtesy of TravelBlog
Photos: Rough Nephrite

History of “Midnight Lemurian” Black Jade

Jadeite and Nephrite are two distinct minerals, both of which are commonly called “Jade.”  Because Jadeite and Nephrite look so 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.  This Jade is the preferred variety among stonemasters, 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.

Green Jade is the most famous variety of Jade, but both Jadeite and Nephrite come in a rainbow of colors, including black.  This particular deposit of Black Jade comes from Peru and has inclusions of gold Pyrite.  The metaphysical community has nicknamed it “Midnight Lemuran Jade”.  Lemuria refers to a lost continent, similar to Atlantis, but located somewhere in the Pacific or Indian Oceans.

“Lost Civilization” of Lemuria

Beginning in 1864, only a year after Jadeite and Nephrite were declared two different minerals, American and European geologists began to speculate that a “lost continent” had once existed in between Africa, India and Madagascar.  This proposed landmass was name “Lemuria”, after the lemur-like primates found in all three regions.  Geologists stated that if Lemuria ever existed, it would have sunk under the ocean many years before modern humans evolved.

By the late 1880s, non-scientists began to theorize that Lemuria had once hosted an ancient civilization. Perhaps it had even been the ancestral homeland of the Dravidian language family, whose modern speakers live in Southern India, Sri Lanka and neighboring areas.  This theory was soon embraced by Tamil revivalists, a literary, cultural, and political movement in southern India.  Tamil is one of the oldest languages on earth and has survived intact for more than two millennia.  Tamil literature dating back to the 1st century CE, speaks of a land south of India which was swallowed by the sea, presumably by a tsunami.  This legend was taken as proof that “Lemuria” had once been populated by humans in the relatively recent past.

The legend of Lumeria was also adopted by various groups of spiritualists.  Victorian Spiritualism was widely practiced in English speaking countries among the upper and middle classes between the 1840s-1920s.  It was a loose conglomeration of several forms of spirituality many of which were based on the idea that contact between the spirit world and the physical world is both possible (through seances and other forms of medium-ship) and that spirit guides can give moral guidance.  Some spiritualists advocated the creation of wholly new religions for a modern world.  But the majority, looked to the past for inspiration.  The “lost continent” of Lumeria proved very attractive to many spiritualist practitioners.

The spiritualist version of Lemuria was first introduced in 1882 by Helena Blavatsky (1831-1891), a Russian medium and co-founder of the Theosophical Society.  The Theosophical Society claimed to revive the “ancient wisdom” found at the root of all modern religions.  The Theosophical Society was responsible for introducing many Buddhist and Hindu ideas to the Western world and was a direct influence on the current New Age Movement, including many of the ideas central to crystal healing.  Over the next several decades, other writers, would place the lost civilization of Lemuria in the Pacific, rather than Indian Ocean.  It was sometimes confused with another “lost continent” known as Mu which was said to be the birthplace of the numerous civilizations, ranging from ancient Egypt to Easter Island.

Mount Shasta, California

In 1894, Fredrick S. Oliver (1866-1899) published A Dweller on Two Planets, a book which he claimed was a true account of a spirit named “Philos the Tibetan” which he received via channeling.  The book discusses the lost civilization of Atlantis and suggests that a small population of Atlanteans survived the destruction of their continent and now lived in tunnels under Mount Shasta, a volcano in California.  In 1931, another writer suggested that it was actually Lemurians that live on or under Mount Shasta, and this idea was quickly embraced and repeated by numerous spiritual groups.  There have been several unconfirmed sightings of white-robbed Lemurians wandering the slopes of Mount Shasta.

Geologists completely dismissed the idea of Lemuria when the theory of continental drift (or Plate Tectonics) was formally embraced in the 1950s and 60s.  But today, crystals associated with “Lemuria” are highly desired within the metaphysical community.

 

Photos: LumeriaShasta

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 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.

Ethically Sourced Black Jade

 

The Miners sell directly to the Lapidary.

The Lapidary sells directly to Moonrise Crystals.

Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Supply Chain

The Supply Chain is clean and short.

The Mine and the Lapidary are located in neighboring countries, but there are no middlemen involved.

 

 

The Mine

This Black Jade comes from an industrial Zinc mine in Peru 

The exact mine is unknown, but would have relatively safe conditions for miners.

Learn More: Ethical Mining

 

 

The Lapidary

This Black Jade was polished in Cape Town, South Africa.

The Lapidary is a family-owned business, founded by father and passed on to his sons.

Factory workers have safe conditions and are paid fairly.

The Lapidary is also the direct-importer & sells primarily at large gem shows.

Learn More: Ethical Lapidary

 

Sourcing Relationship

I have been doing business with this source since the earliest days in my business.  They are a major tumbling company and have more varieties, in more sizes, than any other known source.  The owners visit many small and industrial-size mines personally.  For artisanal-mined deposits in sub-Sahara Africa, the owners work with Gem Dealers who deal directly with the part-time miners.  The majority of these Gem Dealers are women.

Some, but not all, of their stones are labeled with country-of-origin.  For those that aren’t, I have to ask the owners personally.  They tend to get impatient with questions.  As I’ve learned more about mining practices in individual countries, I have become increasingly selective about what I will purchase from them.  However, they remain my preferred source for most of sub-Sahara Africa.

Black Jade Tumbled Stone

Color: Black with golden Pyrite inclusions.   This is a 100% natural stone, so minor variations are part of their unique beauty.

Size: 1 inch, or a little bit bigger

Weight: 1 oz

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

Safe Handling of Black Jade

Reviews

  1. Jennifer C. (Arizona)

    I received my order today! The black jade fits my palm like it was made for it – thanks for making such great selections.

  2. Elizabeth B. (Wisconsin)

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  5. Mary D. (Pensilvania)

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  6. Jennifer S. (Colorado)

    Beautiful crystal loaded with golden sparkles! I just love the contrast! Shipped quickly and well packed! Thank you!

  7. Jennifer S. (Colorado)

    The black jade is just awesome! It is loaded with golden sparkles the contrast so beautifully with the black jade! I love gazing into it!

  8. Kristin J. (Pennsylvania)

    Very beautiful!! Thank you

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