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Jade is a remarkable gem. It is Chinese stone of heaven. It has been treasured in China as the royal gemstone. The term jade was applied to stones being brought to Europe from China and Central America.
The toughness of jade is remarkable. Jade is stronger than steel and was used by many early civilizations for axes, knives and weapons. Later jade became an ornamental gem. Jade jewelry is valued for beauty. Jade is most often sold by the piece rather than per carat.
Although the overall color is the most important value factor, attention is also paid to translucency, texture, and also to pattern. Because of its smooth even texture, jade has long been a preferred material for carving. The most common shape is the flat donut-shaped disc called a pi, which is commonly worn as a necklace.
Many people think of jade jewelry as being green, but it actually comes in many different colors. Pure nephrite and jadeite are both white, but different levels of trace elements-mainly iron, chromium, and manganese-give both minerals their wide range of colors, sometimes even in the same rock.
The gemstone market today has an extensive selection of colors which span the entire color pallet. In red, you have the choice not only of ruby, but also tourmaline, spinel, or garnet. In green, there is not only emerald and jade, but also tourmaline, tsavorite garnet, and peridot.
Jade is the mystical birthstone for March. Birthstones are any of various gems associated with the particular calendar months of the year and considered lucky to people who are born in those months. Some scholars attribute the origin of the tradition of birthstones to the Breastplate of Aaron (the brother of Moses), a religious caftan arranged with twelve gemstones that represented the twelve tribes of Israel.
Like any stone, take care not to subject your jade jewelry to sharp blows. Unfortunately, most people overlook the proper care of their jade jewelry, resulting in unnecessary devaluation. One should pay enough attention to the care of precious stones and jewelry. A soapy water solution is the easiest and safest cleaning solution for jade jewelry. Mechanical cleaners are also safe. Avoid chemical cleaners at all costs.
Jade is a name that was applied to ornamental stones that were being brought to Europe from China and Central America. Jade is produced in Burma, which is now known as Myanmar. The toughness of jade is remarkable. It has a strength greater than steel and was put to work by many early civilizations for axes, knives and weapons. It was later that jade became a symbolic stone used in ornaments and other religious artifacts during the eons. As the most intensely colored natural material, gems have become synonomous with color: everyone knows ruby red, emerald green, sapphire blue, aquamarine, turquoise and jade green . So have jade jewelry in your jewelry box and you'll have unforgettable memories for your life.