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Since prehistoric times, jade has been used to make tools, weapons, and important ornamental objects in Asia, Europe, Australia, the Americas, and numerous Pacific islands. The toughness of jade made it an excellent material for making tools and weapons.
Used as a good-luck talisman in many cultures, Nephrite Jade helps open the Heart Chakra to allow good fortune to flow naturally into one’s experience of this physical realm.
Nephrite today is believed to be a stone of dreams. It is thought that it can bless whatever it touches. Depending on the actual color of the gem, it can possess a variety of powers. It is believed to represent beauty, purity and grace.
In the MAORI language, nephrite jade is known as ‘pounamu’; it is highly prized throughout the Maori culture and is protected under the Treaty of Waitangi. Maori weapons were made of nephrite and often handed down as heirlooms as the jade weapons were believed to hold very special power or ‘mana’.
– Because of its beauty, people held jade in highest esteem and used it to make religious art and ornaments for their rulers. None of these ancient cultures had contact with one another, yet they all independently used jade for many of their most sacred and important objects. Such is the appeal of jade.
Nephrite Jade is often used in dream work, to help with lucid dreaming, and with remembering dreams. Nephrite Jade carries a revitalizing energy that can help to speed healing.
– Originally, all jade objects were thought to be made from the same material. However, in 1863 a Frenchman, Alexis Damour, discovered that the material known as “jade” could be divided into two different minerals: jadeite and nephrite.Because these two materials can be difficult to distinguish, and because the word “jade” is so entrenched in common language, the name “jade” is still widely used across many societies, industries, and academic disciplines.
Jadeite and nephrite have distinctly different mineral compositions. Jadeite is an aluminum-rich pyroxene, while nephrite is a magnesium-rich amphibole. However, the two minerals have very similar physical properties in the eye of the average person. Only trained observers with significant experience are able to reliably differentiate them without mineral testing equipment. This is why jadeite and nephrite were not properly distinguished by scientists until 1863.
China has been the leading producer of jade objects for over 5,000 years. A few hundred years ago, master Chinese craftsmen who worked with jade daily recognized that some of the jade obtained from Burma (now the Union of Myanmar) was different. It was harder, denser, worked easier, and produced a higher luster upon polishing.
Many use NEPHRITE JADE as a protective stone that transmutes negative energies into positive.
Nephrite jade is related to the heart chakra and has a beneficial effect on all heart chakra related issues, and all love relationships. Nephrite Jade promotes confidence and calms the nervous system.
Length: 45 mm (1,77″)
Width: 30 mm (1,18″)