Today we have prepared a material devoted to jade. You will learn who gave the stone its name, how to care for it and distinguish it from fakes, as well as how to assemble a bracelet with the mineral yourself.
When a volcano erupts, the magma combines with the rock – that’s how jade appears. The mineral is mined in rivers, streams, and quarries. By the way, the most valuable stones are mined in water, because when it comes into contact with water, jade acquires its legendary strength.
Until the 19th century, nephrite and jadeite had a common name: jade. It was not until 1863 that French explorer Augustin-Alexis Damour gave the mineral its own name, which literally means “kidney.”
The first nephrite handicrafts known to archaeologists were from the Neolithic period. The mineral was used to make amulets and weapons, which have not lost their strength to this day!
- In the American South, jade was inserted into the lip like a piercing. It spoke of the man’s intention to become a servant of the spirits.
- In Turkey, jade was inlaid into rings, belts and weapons. The stone was believed to bring good luck.
- Ancient China worshipped jade. Back then, it was valued on a par with gold. Treatises were dedicated to the miraculous stone.
- Confucius possessed a musical instrument, a lithophone made of jade.
Today, jade is mined in Russia, Kazakhstan, China, the United States, Canada and New Zealand. These are the main places of extraction of the mineral, and so it is found on all four continents.
In terms of application, jade is divided into three grades:
- Jewelry – used for jewelry and artwork.
- Pottery – for making utensils and household items.
- Bath – as a decoration of the interior and exterior walls of buildings.
In addition to strength, the price of jade is affected by its color, or more precisely, its uniformity.
Nerphite can have different shades – this is determined by the amount of impurities in the mineral.
The most common shades are green:
- With yellow notes.
Regardless of the shade, the distinctive features of jade are its opacity and glassy luster.
How do I assemble my own jade jewelry?
Of course, this is not really necessary, because you can write to us and get a free consultation from the master.
However, if you are into handicrafts, it is not superfluous to know what kind of stones jade combines with.
So, you can’t go wrong if you combine with:
- Rock crystal,
- Golden topaz.
It cannot be combined with:
How to take care of jade?
As we said, jade is very durable and therefore undemanding. The original stone is very difficult to scratch, much less break.
It should be stored in a separate soft box or bag. You can wash with a soapy solution and rinse with water.
If you don’t wear jade jewelry often, you can get by with just a wet wipe.
How to distinguish jade from fake?
- Hit the stone against the coin – the sound should be melodic.
- Look at the jade through a magnifying glass. You will discover an unusual pattern of fibers. If the stone is homogeneous inside, you are holding a fake.
- If you don’t have a magnifying glass, look at the sun through the mineral. You should be able to see the boundaries of shade transitions.
- As a rule, the material for counterfeiting jade is glass, which is darkened with pigment. Pay attention to the surface – polished glass will shine, while the original always has a matte sheen.
- Try scratching the surface. There won’t be a mark on the original.
You can see that it is not at all difficult to check the natural origin of the mineral. However, to avoid feeling disappointed, pay attention to where you buy your jade jewelry:
- There has to be a guarantee,
- There must be a receipt for the purchase,
- Should work feedback and the ability to consult with the master.
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