Jade, Purple (Turkey)
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Let Purple Jade inspire joyful serenity!
Healing Properties of Purple Jade
Spiritual: Purple Jade vibration ripples with lightness and laughter. It shows us the immense joy and humor that so often surrounds us. It giggles at the many ways the Universe challenges us to become our Highest Self. Purple Jade reveals the spiritual perfection that exists in everything, even in those things which seem less-than-perfect. Purple Jade gives us a glimpse into how life appears to Spiritual Masters who are fully awake. It excitedly wakes us up and shows us where we can find teachers and lessons to move us forward on our spiritual evolution. Purple Jade helps us to be grounded and awakened at the same time. It help us to see clearly, with an open heart and a wise mind. It strengthens our intuition and protects our aura. Purple Jade connects us with the energy of Kwan Yin, the Bodhisattva of compassion, and gives us gifts of deep inner peace. Purple Jade is attuned to the Root, Heart, Third Eye and Crown Chakras and linked to the astrological signs of Aries, Taurus, Gemini, and Libra. It is connected to the element of Earth and vibrates to the numbers 5 and the master number 11.
Emotional: Purple Jade helps us to laugh more and enjoy the present moment. It invites us to lighten up and not cling too tightly to self-imposed limitations. It helps us to truly trust that all will be well. If we are hurt or traumatized, Purple Jade helps us to heal and return to a place of abiding peace. Purple Jade encourages patience and diplomacy. It can help us to set clear boundaries and also to change deep-seated emotional habits that no longer serve us. Purple Jade is particularly helpful for sensitive empaths who may become easily over-whelmed by all the emotional energy they feel from others. Above all, Purple Jade inspires us to grow more emotionally mature and emotionally intelligent.
Mental: Purple Jade teaches discernment and helps us to assess information very carefully. It helps us to think with love and wisdom. It helps us to make correct choices and to stay in alignment with our values and goals. Purple Jade shows us when we are being too-judgmental and helps us to pause and re-correct. It is particularly helpful for when we hear new information. It helps us to consider the new information carefully and to add it appropriately to what we already know. Purple Jade helps us to not reject new information outright, just because it conflicts with our beliefs or older information. It invites us to be more curious and to take our ideas and turn them into practical action.
Physical: Purple Jade is used by metaphysical healers to calm the nervous system, particularly when we are aggravated by stress. Purple Jade is said to reduce hive, rashes, and other skin outbreaks. Like other Jades, it is used to treat the kidneys and balance the metabolism.
Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.
Mineralogy of Jade
Mineral Family: Single-Chain Inosilicates
Chemical Composition: Na(Al, Fe)Si2o6
Color: All colors
Crystal System: Monoclinic
Luminescence: green (long and short wave)
Luster: Vitreous to greasy
Transparency: Translucent to opaque
Location: “Jade” is a generic term that can be used to describe two distinct minerals, Jadeite and Nephrite. Purple/Lavender Jade is a rare coloring that can belong to either mineral family. Nephrite Purple Jade is found in the United States (Wyoming), while Jadeite Purple Jade is found in Japan, Myanmar and Turkey.
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 Diopside, Kunzite, Nuummite, and Rhodonite. Nephrite is the most famous of the “Double-Chain Inosilicates”. Technically Nephrite isn’t actually the mineral name, but rather the name given to either Tremolite or Actinolite, two virtually identical minerals. But “Nephrite” is the name commonly used within gemstone industry, just as the name “Jade” is used by the general public. This particular variety of Purple Jade is a Jadeite.
Formation: Jadeite generally forms in metamorphic rocks that have undergone extreme pressure. Pure Jadeite is white, but can take on a rainbow of colors depending on its mineral inclusions.
Mining: Jadeite may be mined at its primary location in metamorphic rocks, or as secondary alluvial deposits of pebbles and boulders. This Purple Jade was mined in Bursa, Turkey. It is about 50% Jadeite and 50% metamorphic rock matrix.
Enhancements: Much of the “Jade” sculptures and ornaments on the market are fake (made of glass and plastic). When it is “real” it is more often Nephrite Jade, rather than Jadeite. Jade can also be dyed for a brighter color. Purple Jade is one of the rarest colors.
Synonyms: Turkiyenite, Jadeite
History of 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!
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.
The 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.
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.
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.
Ethically Sourced Purple Jade
The Miners sell to a rough Gem Dealer/Exporter.
The Exporter sells to a Lapidary.
The Lapidary sells directly to Moonrise Crystals.
Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.
The Supply Chain
The Supply Chain is clean and relatively short.
The Mine and the Lapidary are located in different countries with likely one middleman involved.
This Purple Jade comes from Bursa, Turkey.
The deposit is relatively small and located near the surface.
It would have only minor environmental damage and been safe for miners.
Learn More: Ethical Mining
This Purple 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
I have been doing business with this source since 2014. They are the oldest tumbling company in the world and have more varieties, in more sizes, than any other known source. The company started in California in the 1950s and was eventually bought by a British immigrant who had young sons. Eventually the company moved to South Africa in order to be closer to the source of their best-selling stone and to have the legal rights to export it. The company is now run by the sons and their childhood best friend.
The current 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 ask the owners directly. 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 the stones I sell from sub-Sahara Africa.
Safe Handling of Purple Jade
Cleaning Healing Crystals
There are many ways to cleanse, charge, and set intentions with crystals.
Before cleaning your healing crystals, always consider the geology of each stone. Some stones are sensitive to water and/or sunlight. Best Practice is to keep your stones out of direct sunlight when you’re not working with them, simply because the sunlight will fade the crystal’s color over time. This is especially true for transparent and translucent gems. Remember crystals grow underground where it’s nice and dark! Stones that are formed in dry desert conditions may be harmed by immersion in water. This is especially true for fragile and porous stones.
One of the easiest and most effective way to energetically clean crystals is to smudge them with smoke from plants like sage, juniper, cedar, lavender, tobacco, etc. Each plant has its own unique smell and spiritual property. Moonrise Crystals smudges with white mountain sage (for cleansing) and sweet grass (for kindness) before the crystals are sent to their forever home with you.
Other common ways to energetically clean healing crystals are to set stones near a piece of Carnelian, Citrine, Kyanite, Selenite or other stones that are energy purifiers. Be sure to pamper the purifying stones regularly so that they can continue to do their job properly. Citrine and Kyanite are self-cleansers that don’t “need” extra care. But they will love getting extra attention from you!
If a stone is doing a lot of heavy energetic work, one of the best ways to restore its energy reserves is to allow it to rest on the earth, next to a plant. A potted plant inside the house works just fine. Let the crystal rest overnight or longer, until its energy feels bright and sparkly again.
Charging and Setting Intentions with Healing Crystals
There is no right/wrong way to charge and set intentions. But here’s a few ways that it’s done at Moonrise Crystals.
Cleanse the crystals and yourself. It is good to take the time to physically clean stones before doing spiritual work. It sets a tone of purity, respect, and reverence. Hold the crystals or be near them. Sing or talk to the stones. Tell them about yourself and what you are working on. Ask them for their help. You don’t need to use any special words, simply speak from the heart. Treat the crystals like your best friends and closest allies. They want to help you.
If you feel shy or awkward, you can also write your message on a piece of paper and set the stones on top of it. Music, including singing bowls, can also be used. The most important thing is simply to be present with the stones and focused on setting the intention.
This can be done at any time, day or night. However, nighttime is often a particularly good time for setting intentions. Take the crystals outside, if possible. You can talk to your crystals outside, or you may just want to sit near them and meditate or pray.
- During the Full Moon, energy is amplified. It is also a wonderful time to celebrate in the bright light when your intentions are already going well and you want to keep the trend going.
- The New Moon is a time for new beginnings. The darkness is like planting a seed underground. It will grow up into the Light.
- Eclipses, meteorite showers, and other astronomical events will add their own unique energy.
- Knowing where the moon is astrologically, can also add a fun element to intention setting. The moon changes signs every 2-3 days.
What You’ll Receive: A 100% natural Purple 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.
Polishing Method: Drum polished, sliced and then drum polished again.. Each stone is unique and minor variations are what makes them beautiful.
- Color: Purple, may have black and brown inclusions
- Polish: Shiny and completely smooth
- Quality: AAA
- Shape: Square/rectangle with rounded edges
- Size: Average size is 1.5 in / 38mm
- Transparency: Opaque
- Weight: Average weight is 0.5 oz / 14 g / 75 carats
Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days. International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.
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