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 Jadeite Gemstone Properties 

Design Possibilities

Imagine white ice with the faint color of mint blended through it. Imagine someone with the tiniest fingers carving that greenish ice into a variety of beads: round, crow, wheels and circles. These hand-carved, highly polished beads are imported from northern China where jade, regarded as the most precious stone, has been meticulously carved into mystical figures and symbols for centuries. Jade may be either nephrite or jadeite, with most jadeite coming from Burma. "Stir" these beads like tiny ice cubes into your jewelry to cool warmer colors. Or mix them with other white beads for a tingly winter wonderland feeling all year round.

Metaphysical/Healing Properties

The Chinese have traditionally believed that jade increases energy and prolongs life. Like a skim of ice over a mountain stream, green-white jade reminds us that there is more to life and to who we are than what we see on the surface. Something powerful and beautiful is moving inside us. Jade gives balance to what we see (body) and what we don't see (spirit), so each revitalizes the other.
Mineral Information - NephriteNephrite, actinolate group
Chemical CompositionCa2(MgFe)5(Si4O11)2
ColorLight green
Hardness6 - 6-1/2
Specific Gravity2.90-3.02
Refractive Index1.600-1.627
Mineral Information - JadeiteJadeite, augiste group
Chemical CompositionNaAl(Si2O6)
ColorPale green
Hardness6-1/2 - 7
Specific Gravity3.30-3.36
Refractive Index1.654-1.667

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**Please note that all metaphysical or healing properties listed are collected from various sources. This information is offered as a service and not meant to treat medical conditions. Fire Mountain Gems and Beads® does not guarantee the validity of any of these statements.

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