High quality jade has been revered by a variety of cultures, but specifically by those in East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, the Māori, and Mesoamericans. It did not garner the same reputation in most Western countries. Jade was valued as a precious stone for its virtuous qualities. Specifically, it was revered for its association with the those along the lines of the Nine Noble Virtues. The Chinese Han dynasty had preserved some members in tombs of Jade. Like many stones, there was its association with medicine. Jade was believed to help treat animal wounds, particularly those caused by snakes, treat asthma, and in general, improve lungs.
However, there is one organ that actually gave name to nephrite (jade). And that is the kidney. The word nephrite is derived from Greek Nephros, meaning kidney. Many regarded it as the go-to stone for kidney related issues. Interestingly, one of the most common remedies for nephrite would be kidney stones. The stone was also revered by the Māori, though there are other varieties of greenstones used in related societies. Finally, it also found a proper home in Mesoamerica.
Hardness: 6 (Jadeite)
Crystal System: Monoclinic (Jadeite)
Etymology: From Spanish "piedra de ijada," meaning "stone of the flank." This refers to the belief that the stone could heal kidney stones and other kidney related issues. Nephrite has a similar etymological origin. Nephrite from Latin "Lapis Nephriticus," meaning "kidney stone," also referring to the kidney healing powers.
Location: Canada, China, and Russia.
This sacred stone will assist many in their mission for seeking the truth and opening their mind. It is frequently used as a meditation stone for those who wish to become more compassionate or enlightened. Some also use the stone in sleep to receive dreams that will help them see the right path for them to embark on.
Jade is a lovely stone that is often used for people who are serious about direction and edification. Others are dreamers who wish to see visions that may allow them to become more spiritually rigid.
It's no surprise that jade is one of the most popular gemstones, even in the West, where its role has been, historically speaking, less prominent. However, its beauty alone has earned it a rightful place near the top. It has earned a great deal of respect and admiration, too, for its sacred and spiritual position in various cultures.
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