Jade is an interesting and healing stone. It is thought to increase serenity when worn, provide harmony, and promote good health and well-being. Even its incredible formation process marks it out as a truly magical addition to your everyday jewelry collection.
What is jade and how is it formed?
For over 5,000 years, jadeite has been used to make jewelry, tools, and sculptures. Of course, it’s also long been used as a gemstone and marked for its incredible hue and luster when polished.
It is a metamorphic rock, which means that it was once a sedimentary rock, made over years by material deposited slowly by air or water that then underwent extreme pressure and heat.
This pressure and heat transform the rock into a completely new class of stone. In the case of jadeite, it becomes aluminum-rich pyroxene, which means that it is both a silicate (a rock with a salt content) and prismatic crystal. It is most frequently found along ancient or current continental plate boundaries, meaning it was probably often formed when continents collided.
This helps to explain both its beauty and its healing qualities, as salt and silicates are known throughout the New Age community to help absorb negative energy, promote healing, and foster harmony. Its formation at the meeting of continents speaks to its ability to promote harmony and fertility. On the other hand, prismatic crystals are incredibly beautiful and often renowned for a variety of spiritual benefits.
What are jade’s top healing qualities?
Perhaps it’s the transformation that jade undergoes during its formation. Maybe it’s the silicate and crystalline quality of the rock. Either way, jade is renowned for several healing and spiritual benefits such as:
- Longevity (not surprising, given its ancient transformation from sedimentary to metamorphic rock)
All these incredible benefits work together to protect the wearer from harm, increase love and friendship, and foster healing work.
Types of jade
For centuries, the word jade has been used interchangeably to refer to nephrite, which looks similar to jadeite but is an entirely different stone. Nephrite is also incredibly powerful, but it’s associated with different healing purposes, a different zodiac sign, and a different chakra, so it’s important to keep the two as distinct types of gems.
However, jadeite itself is often associated with the planet Mercury. It’s connected with the heart chakra, which is the seat of personal balance, connection, serenity, love, and openness.
How can I incorporate jade into my personal style?
Jade is especially beautiful in the form of beads, which makes it easy to wear as a jewelry item. You will likely receive many complements on its luster and viridescent hue.
Wear a green jade bead bracelet with a simple white top for a laid-back, chic style. Pair it with a lacy off-white top for a little more glamor, or channel the early 1970s with a long, green skirt and a pale, grey tank top with your jade beaded necklace.
Here are a few more ideas:
- Pair a handcrafted jade bracelet with florals for a fun, feminine vibe
- Wear with whites, greys, or earth tones to feel more spiritually grounded
- Combine with metallic colors, like gold or silver, to raise the feeling of total opulence: think luxury combined with spiritual harmony
Jade is a wearable with a deep and inviting history. The natural shine and beautiful green color of the stone pairs well with almost any sense of style. Incorporate jade into your life to enjoy the powerful benefits of stability, healing, harmony, protection, and serenity.
By: William Gaskill