Jade is the one gemstone with the longest history from coast to coast. Though its history is perhaps made most famous by the Chinese, jade has played prominent roles in many other cultures in North to South America, New Zealand, Europe and Russia-all of which highly revered it a stone of high value and status.
"It has a 'certain something' that made a Chinese emperor offer 15 cities for a jade carving he could hold in one hand; that made Montezuma smile when he heard that Cortez was interested only in gold, since Montezuma's most precious possession was jade. That caused men of civilizations, oceans, and centuries apart to believe it to be the stone of immortality. That made some men forbid it to their wives, and other men speak through it to their gods, and still others spend years carving a single object from it."
The mysteries of Jade is ancient and still persists to mystify jade admirers with its unique qualities as the "Stone of Heaven". This gemstone is believed to bring its wearer good health, good luck and protection. So, while everything has a price, Jade is priceless because it stands for the essence of purity and the symbol of life.
HISTORY OF JADE
Earliest history of Jade in China began with Nephrite jade.
It is considered the "Stone of Heaven" more prescious and reverent than anything else on earth. Being so revered and honored, it was only rightfully worn only by the Emporer, who was considered the "Son of Heaven". The Chinese consider Jade, the "Stone of Heaven"~ a sacred mineral, used as the material for making sacred implements and articles. It was not until Chinese started trading with it's neighboring countries that Jadeite, from Burma, began to appear in China's Gem history. The distinction between jadeite and nephrite was not made until the late 1700-when there was sufficient scientific knowledge to find the differences between the two stones. Thus, Nephrite is the truely original jade in the greatest and most famous of all Chinese Jade history. As the "Stone of Heaven" to bless all that which it touches.
Across the Seas, Jade in Mayan Culture
Jade was revered in the Mayan culture as the "Sovereign of Harmony", facilitating balance within the physical, emotional, and intellectual planes. It brings harmony to the environment by releasing the negative and instilling resourcefulness. It is believed that Montezuma, king of the Mayan empire, was relieved to hear that the Spanish Conquistadors were only interested in Gold, not Jade, when they arrived in the New World.
Across the Seas, Jade in Maori Culture
Jade in New Zealand was honored by the Maori natives who consider it a talisman of protection~to provide an invisible defense against attack and illness.
of Nephrite Jade occur in a number of locations along the Pacific Rim.
Today, the highest quality nephrite is found in British Columbia.
BUYER BEWARE: Jade
GUARANTEE : TO BE GENUINE AND ALL NATURAL
NEPHRITE: THE REAL
AROUND THE WORLD
British Columbia nephrite is characterized by a deep and rich green, and often have bright chromium specks. It is this same chromium mineral that is responsible in giving the stone its green color.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR