Usually coloured with light tones, jade is a hard stone, mainly used as an ornament for decorative objects. As a resistant mineral, it has been exploited to create weapons. However, its beauty made it a magnificent material to offer to the gods. Jade represented the Chinese Imperial dynasties and became the symbol of love, justice and virtue. In fact, it was more coveted than gold in China, where it was considered as a precious treasure. The Chinese also used jade for its medicinal virtues. In Europe, it had an equally important significance: it symbolised the Emperor and his absolute power. In short, it embodied wealth and power.
Jade is a silicate of alumina and lime from the family of augites. It is a fine, smooth and translucent stone which displays a wide variety of colours ranging from creamy white, dark green, and sometimes red or even brown, depending on the quantity of iron dioxide and chromium the stone contains. As a hard mineral, it is widely used in jewellery. Nowadays, most of these stones come from Burma, its country of origin where their protective virtues remain acknowledged. This stone was named “piedra de la ijada”, meaning “stone of the colic” by the Spaniards at the time of the conquest of South America. It was also known as the “kidney stone”. Indeed, they believed that jade could soothe kidney pain and stomach colic. In conclusion, jade is a powerful royal stone that can be found, in Burma, Russia, Japan, Australia, etc. Combined with a 92.5% pure silver ring, this jade ring is of excellent quality.
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