New "jade" is not actually jade, but actually a type of light green serpentine. The stone earned this tradename for its similarities in appearance to jade as well as similar metaphysical properties. Serpentine gemstones have been used as a source of magnesium, asbestos and for personal adornment or sculpture throughout history. Various serpentine minerals have even been used in architecture for thousands of years. New "jade" and other serpentine minerals are known for being easy to cut and for taking a good polish.
New "Jade" Metaphysical Properties
New "jade" serpentine is said to have the same spiritual values as green jade. Because it produces a tranquil mood, it helps ease feelings of depression, especially when we feel stuck in a situation. Serpentine gemstones are said to help with emotional cleansing in general and are believed an excellent stone to use in meditation. Serpentine has long been considered a stone that protects against snakebites, parasite infections, poison and venom. New "jade" serpentine is associated with the heart chakra and the astrological sign of Gemini.
New "Jade" Geological Properties
New "jade" is a gem-quality hydrated magnesium silicate that belongs to the serpentine family. Serpentine formations are found in igneous rocks, but are usually the secondary mineral that results due to the alteration of minerals containing magnesium. This process happens all over the world, mainly thanks to metamorphism in rocks rich with olivine, pyroxene and amphibole. Notable locations where serpentine is mined include Brazil, Canada, China, India, Mexico, Peru and Russia. New "jade" is available in many different hues, including sea green, olive and antiqued shades. Stones tend to have a waxy luster and can have speckles of cream- or black-colored inclusions.
Magnesium hydroxyl silicate
Pale to deep green
2 to 5-1/2 (Mohs)
2.4 - 2.8
1.560 - 1.571
Proper Care of New "Jade"
To clean new "jade" gemstones, it is not recommended to use steaming, ultrasonic or boiling methods. These are too harsh of treatments for the hydrous stone. The best method of cleaning new "jade" gems and jewelry is to rinse with a mild soap and water. Wipe with a soft, untreated cloth that is not impregnated with abrasive materials such as rouge. Dry gemstones and settings thoroughly before wearing or storing. Put on your new "jade" jewelry after applying cosmetics and perfumes.
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Designing with New "Jade"
Since new "jade" is a fairly soft stone, it's recommended to use this gemstone in necklace and earring designs rather than bracelets and rings to help avoid impact and abrasion. The range of green hues new "jade" is available in makes this stone fun to design with. Use various colors of new "jade" together for a monochromatic design with a tranquil vibe. Pair the light green stone with darker earth hues for a deep connection to nature in your jewelry. The pale hue is great for adding pops of brightness to darker colored designs as well. To create a complementary color scheme using the various new "jade" colors, pair the stones with purple and blueish tints such as natural amethyst or dyed crazy lace agate and magnesite.
**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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