As early as 3000 B.C., Jade was known in China as ‘yu’ meaning ‘The Royal Gem’ preserving its significance throughout the long history of Chinese art and culture, not unlike the impact of gold and diamonds in the West.
The Chinese continue to regard jade as a symbol of ‘The Good, the Beautiful and the Precious’ which embodies the Confucian virtues of wisdom, justice, compassion, modesty and courage.
Jade is the generic term for two different gems, nephrite and jadeite, both of which were regarded as the same stone until the beginning of the 19th century when gemologists discovered that despite great resemblances they were two distinct gemstones.
Jadeite, the raw material for jade, is rarer and therefore more precious than nephrite. Jadeite is found in China, Russia and Guatemala, but the most highly prized stones come from Burma or Myanmar, as it is known today.
Representing energy and beauty, the traditional and the modern are symbolically and harmoniously combined within jade while gemstone therapy identifies jade as having the ability to stimulate creativity and mental ability at the same time as balancing and harmonizing.