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Nephrite is a type of calcium, iron, and magnesium-rich mineral tremolite or actinolite. It is a species of Jade. Broadly, there are mainly two species of Jade. The other species of jade is known as jadeite jade, which is rarer, and is a variety of pyroxene. Nephrite jade generally has mainly grey and green colours, however, it is also found in yellow, black, brown, or white colour. Nephrite jade is a gemstone used in beads, carvings, or cabochon-cut gemstones. It is the official state mineral of Wyoming. Most of the lapidary nephrites are mined in Western Canada.
The name “nephrite” is derived from Latin. In Latin, nephrite is called “lapis nephriticus”. This name Latin name is derived from Greek language, which means “kidney stone”, as it was believed to cure kidney stones. And the word “jade” comes from the Spanish phrase “piedra de ijada”. It means “stone of the loins”. In the new stone age, nephrite jade was found in China and was used for utilitarian and ceremonial jade items in the Ningshao area. In the Chinese culture, jade is associated with purity and righteousness. People also believe that jade has protective qualities.
Nephrite jade is very famous for its healing properties. It is said that nephrite jade assists in treating the root cause of the disease in the body, allowing you to recover at speed. It revitalises your body and soothes the nervous system. It also brings strength and healing to the immune system, apart from making your body alkaline, which is good for your body. This stone supports the kidneys, heart, and liver. It cleanses the blood and helps in blood circulation. It also brings good luck if you are struggling with financial problems. It is also said that Nephrite jade assists women with PMS symptoms and infertility. It’s making a good gift for pregnant women. Shamans and faith healers say that this gemstone induces lucid dreams and lifts the spiritual state in dreams.
At Rananjay Exports, we use only naturally sourced Nephrite Jade in Nephrite Jade ring, Nephrite Jade earrings, and Nephrite Jade Pendants. If you are considering purchasing nephrite jade, you must know about its six types.
The first type is mutton fat jade, the most expensive type of nephrite. It is named “mutton fat jade” because of its distinctive translucent yellow-to-white colour. This colour is present because of high levels of iron oxide in the nephrite. It is found only in a handful of places, which is why it is most sought after by jewellery lovers and gemstone collectors. The most expensive mutton fat jade is the Hetian jade, which is mined only in Southwestern Xinjiang’s oasis town Hotan.
The second type is Siberian Jade or Russian Jade. It has a beautiful spinach-green shade. Russian jade is the most expensive variety of green nephrite. Since jadeite jade is challenging to find, Siberian jade is widely used instead of jadeite jade. This jade is called Russian Jade because of its origin in Russia’s Lake Baikal region. It has excellent transparency, which is the main reason why it is so popular. This jade was widely used in China from the late 19th to early 20th century for making decorative items.
The third type is Black Jade. This jade, too, is found only in a handful of places in the world. It has a deep rich black colour and is prized for its beauty and rarity. It has a dark shade because there is a high concentration of iron ore present in it. Since it is a part of the nephrite jade family, it shows a greenish hue when placed under extremely bright light.
The fourth type is chicken bone jade. Chicken bone jade is opaque, and its colour can range from creamy white to light brown, with black specks on it. It is a valuable and rare subtype of nephrite jade.
The fifth type is Chrysomelanite Jade. It is deep green in colour with black lines, speckles, or dots across the surface. And the sixth and final type is Wyoming Jade, which has a beautiful green colour and is found in Wyoming, United States. Wyoming Jade is considered one of the finest nephrite variations in the world.
As nephrite jade is an ornamental stone, it has been used in jewellery for centuries. If you talk about the trend nowadays, nephrite jade has become popular because it is durable, easy to work with and affordable compared to other gemstones. In our product catalogue, you can find the best quality nephrite jade rings, earrings, pendants, necklaces, and bracelets. It’s generally used in bead form. One thing you need to remember with Nephrite Jade is that it absorbs any liquid. So, be careful and don’t spill any colourful drink on your piece of nephrite jade jewellery. Apart from jewellery, nephrite jade is also used in décor items (like bowls, vases, etc.) and artwork. It’s because of its Feng Shui applications to bring good luck and create a more harmonious environment. The use of nephrite as a healing medium is also quite common.
The intriguing green colour of Nephrite Jade gemstone makes it one of the trendiest stones worn by jewellery enthusiasts. If you are looking for a piece of nephrite jade jewellery, you can find it in various green colours, with some yellowish tint. If you have a unicoloured stone, you have a rare piece of nephrite. Nephrite jade is opaque, although fine pieces of nephrite can come with good translucency, which is why they are highly valued. After cutting and polishing, nephrite jade is said to have a vitreous greasy lustre.
It is often cut en cabochon because of its opaque nature. It is generally carved into flowers or animals since it is a famous ornamental stone. This stone can be scratched easily; however, it can be very tough because of its lack of cleavage and dense composition. You can get an appealing piece of nephrite jade jewelry at Rananjay Exports, beautifully crafted from pure 925 Sterling Silver. Rananjay Exports is a wholesale gemstone jewelry manufacturer and supplier based in India, successfully serving the jewellery industry since 2013.