Historically, jade has been crafted into pieces of creative artistry, and is prized by many civilizations, from ancient China to the Aztecs and Mayans of Central America. Cherished for thousands of years, jade is considered a semi-precious gemstone which is often smooth and shapely.
Among Māori in New Zealand, jade is more commonly known as ‘greenstone’ or ‘pounamu’ and used to display cultural status or authority within iwi tribes, as well as this it is used for general adornment and peace making. Halfway around the world, in China - where jade is associated with clarity of mind and purity of spirit – its use has become an artistic tradition, thriving for over 3,000 years. Jade is treasured by these cultures mostly due to its sacredness as well as its strength. It is a durable gemstone, measuring a 6 on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness.
Jade is classically known for its vivid green shimmer which varies from light to dark but there is also rare lavender, pink, yellow, black, and white jade. It can also be found with aspects of white, producing a marbled and swirling effect.
While Jade isn’t an official birthstone, it is the ‘mystical’ birthstone for March, which dates to Tibetan times, before modern birthstones were identified. It is also the gemstone for the 12th, 30th and 35th anniversary.
It is believed that each colour of Jade relates to various health benefits. The familiar green jade encourages a calm mind while stimulating tranquillity and harmony. Inner psychological and emotional problems are relieved by blue jade, while stress and tension may be relieved with red jade. the mind is strengthened by black jade. Orange and pink jade look to lift questionable health issues. Black jade strengthens a person’s mind, and white jade aides in relaxation of the mind while improving decision-making. Lavender jade aids in creativity, and brown jade refines one’s adaptability.