Jade was found about 7000 years ago and the term jade is applied to two different metamorphic rocks that are made up of different silicate minerals, one being Nephrite jade, the other Jadeite. Nephrite and Jadeite look nearly the same and the two were only noted separtely in 1863.

The traditional Chinese jade, is nephrite and as one of the world’s oldest decorative stones, jade has been prized for its beauty across the world. Jadeite, with its bright emerald-green, pink, lavender, orange and brown colours was imported from Burma to China only after about 1800. The vivid green variety became known as Kingfisher (feathers) Jade. It quickly replaced nephrite as the imperial variety of jade. Jade is the official gemstone of British Columbia, where it is found in large deposits in the Lillooet and Cassiar regions.

Here are some quick facts about jade:

  • It’s extremely durable and hard to break
  • Green Jade is said to have calming properties
  • The name Jade comes from a Spainish phrase
  • Jade has a rich history and first discovered over 7000 years ago
  • Jade is not limited to Green, it comes in Red, Brown, Black, Lavender, Blue & White

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