There are actually two forms of Jade: Jadeite, the more
precious form, and Nephrite, which is more common (and more
affordable). Jadeite is more translucent and generally more
beautiful, but the spiritual properties of Jadeite and Nephrite
are the same.
Though Jade comes in many colours, focus here is on green
Jade. The colour green relates to the heart. This energy
centre, among other qualities, helps to balance one's energy.
Jade does this with its calming, stabilizing, and soothing
effects. Because of its soothing qualities, it helps to
rid the mind of negativity. Just as physical tension can
keep pain in the body, so mental tension can hold negative
thoughts in the mind.
The heart centre also relates to love. In China, where Jade
has been treasured since at least 2950 B.C., amulets were
carved to denote friendship and romantic love, including
butterflies, which symbolized successful love. Jade was
generally known as the concentrated essence of love.
This quality explains the strong symbolic connection between
jade and the Chinese goddess, Kwan Yin. Her five major attributes
are believed to be mercy, modesty, courage, justice, and
wisdom, all of which help to create a foundation for love.
She is also known as the goddess of compassion, and this
is perhaps the highest form of love.
Whether a piece of Jade is precious in terms of the material
world, its value to those who wish to be calm, serene, and
loving is beyond price.