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Mineralogy of White Jade
Mineral Family: Double-Chain Inosilicate
Chemical Composition: Ca2(Mg, Fe)5(Si8O22)(OH)2
Color: White; Nephrite can also be green and black
Crystal System: Monoclinic
Fracture: Splintery, brittle
Luster: Dull to waxy
Transparency: Translucent to opaque
Location: Jadeite and Nephrite are two distinct minerals, both of which are commonly called “Jade.” White Jade is usually a form of Nephrite. Nephrite deposits are found in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Mexico, New Zealand, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, Russia, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, United States (Alaska, California, and Wyoming), and Zimbabwe. Most White Jade is mined in Canada, China, and Russia.
Mineral Family: White Jade is a form of Nephrite. 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 Astrophyllite, Diopside, Kunzite, Nuummite, and Rhodonite. Nephrite is the most well-known mineral in 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.
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: White Jade can be mined at its primary location as large boulder and sheets. White Jade is also mined for secondary alluvial deposits in the Yurungkash (White Jade River), which meets the Karakash (Black Jade River) in southern China. Most White Jade is destined for the Chinese market.
Enhancements: Much of the “Jade” sculptures and ornaments in the market are fake (made of glass and plastic) or dyed. When the Jade is authentic, it is almost always Nephrite. True Jadeite is very expensive! Jade tumbled stones are virtually always Nephrite and are fully natural, enhanced only by the tumbling process itself.
Synonyms: Mullet Fat Jade (top quality White Jade), Tremolite Jade, Hetian Jade
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! In the Western world, most people think of Jade as a green stone and so value vibrant green the most highly. But in China, the most desirable form is actually white – known as “Mutton Fat Jade.” This can be seen in the metals for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Bejing China, in which the normal gold, silver and bronze metals included a ring of Jade on the back. Silver and Bronze metals had shades of Green Jade embedded on them. But the Gold Metals were lined with White Jade.
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 (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. 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.
Healing Properties of White Jade
Spiritual: White Jade’s energy is peaceful, joyful and wonderfully practical. It gently encourages us to stop struggling so much and to step outside our ego’s perspective and see the bigger picture. It helps us to be compassionate and forgiving towards ourselves and to all beings. It reminds us that forgiveness is not synonymous with being passive or accepting bad behavior. Instead, it shows us that forgiveness is simply a way of cutting ties with any bad energy, such as resentment, which does not serve us. White Jade gracefully leads us into internal harmony and helps bring our relationships and environment into balance with us. White Jade moves energy in the most effective manner possible, wasting no time and getting right to the heart of what is most real and necessary. It also can be used to work through negative money beliefs that lead to scarcity-thinking or greed. White Jade is excellent at helping us develop a sensible and straightforward relationship with money. White Jade is attuned to the Heart and Crown Chakras and linked to the astrological signs of Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Libra. It is connected to the element of Earth and vibrates to the numbers 5 and the master number 11.
Emotional: White Jade is very calming and comforting. It helps us to manage emotionally difficult situations gracefully and to bring our life back into harmony as quickly as possible. All forms of Jade attract friends and lovers, White Jade in particular attracts soulmates and soulfriends that are meant to help us grow into our Best Self. White Jade reminds us to treat people the way we wish to be treated. It also helps us create good boundaries and to have clear communication so that other people treat us right. White Jade is an excellent crystal ally for encouraging self love and self-sufficiency. It helps us to be true to ourselves and to focus our energy and attention on whatever brings the most Love, Light and Blessings into our lives.
Mental: White Jade has a very thoughtful energy which can help us to see situations objectively. It encourages us to be hopeful, but not naive, and helps us to be aware of our own biases. White Jade can be used to filter out mental and emotional distractions, that would otherwise prevent us from seeing things clearly. White Jade also helps us to see the big picture and the systems and patterns within it. With this larger view in mind, it is then easier to solve problems in a logical and wise manner. What Jade reminds us to stay focused on our end goals and to take a sensible route forward. It helps us to see that sometimes “perfection is the enemy of the good” and that sometimes “good enough” is quite sufficient. White Jade aids us in breaking bad habits associated with negative thinking. It is especially good for people with strong perfectionist streaks who are often too harsh on themselves and on others. White Jade helps us to be more reasonable and to focus on what is good and what works well in reality.
Physical: White Jade is used by metaphysical healers to heal the kidneys and the adrenal glands, as well as to soothe the nervous system. It is believed to help strength white blood cells and improve the over-all functioning of the immune system. White Jade is also said to help balance fluids with the body, particular the acid/alkaline ratio.
Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.
Ethically Sourced White Jade
The Miners sell to directly to the Labidary.
The Lapidary sells directly to Moonrise Crystals.
Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.
The Supply Chain
The Supply Chain is short and clean.
The Mine and Lapidary are located in the same country.
This White Jade is a byproduct of an industrial Jade mine in Xinjian, China.
Learn More: Ethical Mining
This White Jade was polished in Hong Kong, China.
The Lapidary is a female-owned business.
Factory workers have safe conditions and are paid fairly.
The Lapidary is also the direct-importer & sells exclusively at large gem shows.
Learn More: Ethical Lapidary
I first met the owner of the Hong Kong tumbling company at the 2014 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show. A language barrier coupled with the quick pace of the gem show, makes it difficult to discuss sensitive or complicated topics. Every year I speak with the owner, often asking questions about the same stones, but getting slightly different answers. The communication problem makes me highly selective about which stones I will buy from her. If the stone is from mainland China, and I can independently determine its likely mining origin, I will buy it since short supply chains are important. If a stone is from another country, I am more cautious.
White Jade Tumbled Stone
Color: White. 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 White Jade
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