Jadeite is one of the toughest known gem materials.They are usually found in large boulders with the inner contents rarely discernible from the outside. Jadeite can be carved into fine and intricate forms with little risk of breakage. The material is very difficult to polish.
The most valuable is imperial jade, a translucent, rich emerald green jadeite from Burma which is even in color. Another prized stone is apple-green jade, a brighter yellow green of extraordinary vibrance.
Jade is a dream and good luck stone. Promotes practical healing, long life and peaceful death. It helps to inspire the mind to make quick and precise decisions. Promotes healing of vital organs, comforts stomach disorders, eases eyestrain and aids liver, heart and kidney function. Wear jade to get things to work for you practically. It will stimulate your wisdom and help achieve the desired goals.
In prehistoric times, jade was used in all parts of the world for arms and instruments because of its exceptional toughness. For over 2,000 years, jade was part of religion in China, and mystical and cult figures were traditionally cut from it. In Chinese culture, jade was also important after death. Carved amulets were placed in the deceased mouth and on parts of the body. In pre-Columbian central America, jade was more highly valued than gold. For the Chinese, jade is a symbol of longevity, given as gifts within the family and worn throughout a person's lifetime.
Jadeite is most commonly found in Burma, which is also the sole significant source of imperial jade.In the United States jade is found in Alaska, California, Washington State, Oregon, North Carolina, and Wyoming.