What is jade?
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From a professional perspective, "jade" is a general term that encompasses various types such as Hetian jade, jadeite, nephrite, Dushan jade, Huanglong jade, agate, and serpentine jade. Jadeite, in particular, is just one type within the jade category.
Jade is a gemstone that can be classified into two categories: soft jade and hard jade. Soft jade is characterized by its semi-transparency or opacity, and it comes in a variety of colors, including Hetian jade, white jade, yellow jade, green jade, and ink jade, among others. In the consumer context, the term "jade" typically refers to the aforementioned types of jade. Among them, Hetian jade is the most famous.
What is jadeite?
Jadeite belongs to the category of hard jade and is mostly found in Myanmar, also known as Burmese jade. Jadeite has a higher hardness compared to soft jade, resulting in a finer texture, higher transparency, and a more vibrant color and luster. Jadeite is considered the king of jade and is internationally recognized as a precious gemstone. Jadeite has several advantages over ordinary jade, including vivid colors, high transparency, high refractive index, spirituality, and rarity. It can be said that jadeite is the most prestigious category within the vast world of jade.
What are the benefits and effects of wearing jade?
Jade brings auspiciousness and nourishes the wearer. By wearing jade, one can achieve a calm and tranquil state of mind, promoting inner peace and serenity. With jade close to the heart, one can cultivate detachment from fame and fortune, leading to a peaceful and expansive mindset. The harmony of yin and yang is the essence of health preservation.
The first benefit of wearing jade is warding off evil. Hetian jade, known as the "national jade," is considered a precious gem among jade stones. Since ancient times, it has been regarded as an auspicious object. From primitive times, the ancient ancestors held a deep reverence for jade and worshipped it as a sacred offering, a medium for communication with deities, and a means to seek blessings and ward off disasters. It has been a treasured artifact for dispelling evil and misfortune.
The second benefit is tranquility of the mind. Jade possesses calming and soothing properties, as recorded in ancient medical texts. Its beauty lies in its virtuous nature and spirituality. By wearing or simply observing jade, one can achieve a state of calmness, tranquility, and inner focus. With jade close to the heart, it promotes detachment from worldly desires and cultivates a serene and far-reaching mindset.
The third benefit is wealth attraction. As the saying goes, "Jade holds intentions, and intentions bring auspiciousness." Over thousands of years, jade has accumulated cultural significance and symbolic meaning. For example, jade pixiu and jade Guan Gong are highly regarded feng shui jade pieces for attracting wealth. The pixiu is believed to possess the ability to swallow wealth from all directions without leakage, symbolizing the accumulation of abundant fortunes.
The fourth benefit is the legacy. Passed down from generation to generation, the value lies not only in the physical jade itself but also in its significance as an heirloom. In ancient times, when a daughter got married, the mother would always bring out a jade bangle from the bottom of the treasure box as part of the dowry. And when this daughter becomes a mother with a daughter about to get married, the jade bangle is passed down to the next generation. This inheritance represents not only a family legacy but also adds value and preservation to the jade as a precious stone.
These are some insights about jade that I wanted to share with everyone. I hope that friends who appreciate jade can find the jade they love and have a destined connection with. May everyone be blessed with auspiciousness and fulfillment.