Jade is a relatively common crystal. I’m currently in the “Prosperity” chapter of The Art of Bliss by Tess Whitehurst, and she recommended Jade for this part of the book.
I’ve had both green and yellow Jades for a while now, but I’ve never intensely worked with either of them. This week I will be focusing on green Jade, and I’ll do yellow separately at another point. There are other colors of Jades which I do not have, but I’ll probably work with them at some point because why the hell not. Who knows if they all do the same thing? I’ll find out!
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The History of Jade
Jade originates in China in the Neolithic period (roughly 12,000 years ago). It was found near the Yangtze river and other bodies of water. Considered the “imperial gem,” Jade was widely used in Chinese culture and still is today. Its value was considered comparable to gold and diamonds.
Opium pipes were made with Jade, under the belief that breathing through it would “bestow longevity” to users. I’m not an anthropologist or doctor, but I’m gonna assume that didn’t work. I’ve also never tried smoking Opium, and I never will because I know I would love it and all the Jade in the world wouldn’t make that situation better.
Don’t do drugs, kids. Do Jade.
Although Jade is mostly associated with China, it was also widely used in Korea, Japan and India. Jade is Japan’s national stone. The Maori in New Zealand had a different kind which was used in ceremonial practices. These cultures have used Jade primarily in decor, weapons, sculptures and jewelry.
Nephrite Jade vs Jadeite vs Fake Garbage
I thought I had a piece of just regular-ass Jade, but after doing this research, I believe I have Nephrite Jade:
Nephrite is the OG Jade, the only type found in China. Nephrite is far more common and popular, therefore Jadeite is considered more “real” and valuable. However, both types are real Jade.
Jadeite was used to make axe heads in Italy in the Neolithic era. This type of Jade is more translucent and typically far more expensive.
Like many other crystals, there is also fake Jade that is sold as real. There are ways to tell if it is real, such as scratching it. Jade should not scratch easily, and it should be relatively heavy and cool to the touch.
Quite honestly, I don’t care if mine is real.
I’m using it in an experiment like I do all other crystals, so whether it’s Jadeite, Nephrite or Fake, my actions will remain the same. I did try to scratch it and it didn’t scratch, and it does feel heavy and cool, so I’m 80% sure it’s real.
Uses and Meanings
Jade is mostly used in jewelry, sculpture and decor in modern times. I’ve always known of it as a wealth/prosperity/good fortune stone. However, it has a huge list of things it’s said to do:
- Align/boost your heart chakra
- Uplift your spirits and give you confidence
- Create a sense of calm and self-awareness
- Cure kidney disease*
*PLEASE NOTE: I do not believe crystals can heal physical ailments of any kind, and I will never advocate that on this blog.
If keeping a crystal on you will remind you to take your kidney meds, then cool. Use it all you want for that. Just please, please do not substitute crystals for medicine your doctor gave you.
With all of the things Jade is said to do, I’m going to focus on prosperity.
True story: The day I bought my Jade, I came home and there was a totally unexpected check from a former client in my mailbox. Now, of course that was likely a coincidence. It had to have been sent days before I got the crystal, so I’m not saying Jade gave me a check. But if it wants to bring me some prosperity this week, I’m totally down.
Here’s how I will work with Jade this week:
- Meditating (either with crystal meditations or abundance meditations)
- Carrying it with me daily
- Learning about investing and money management
- Decluttering to make room for new abundance
- Journaling my progress
I figure I should do my own work to make prosperity, so I will learn how to invest. I know literally nothing about it. Jade will be my reminder to get my ass in gear financially.
If you want to work with any crystal, I have a free worksheet you can use to get to know your crystal! Grab it here:
If you want to put crystals on your face for some reason, here is a Roller and Gua Sha kit:
Seriously please let me know what this is supposed to do?? I might try this as an expriment. But like, if it’s supposed to bring prosperity, what would rolling it on your face do? I know there are Rose Quartz ones as well. I’m just very confused.
Here is a cute tree (for the Prosperity section of your home or work) and it comes with a necklace: