Okay I have to say.. I have fallen deeply in love with Jade
I’ve been kicking around pieces of it in the workshop and getting Rob to polish up a few accent pieces once and a while, but not until recently did I start working with larger Jade gemstone beads.
A few years back, I picked up a few strands of the most amazing African Jade beads.. the following bracelet you see in the photo is of one of the bracelets I made just recently. It’s… soooo…. amazing!!
This type of Jade has an incredible weight to it.. the beads are heavy and mixed with the sterling silver accent pieces, this is truly a gem to have around your wrist. I think I’ll be making more of these!! Okay enough babble about things I’m working on.. here’s a bit of helpful info on Jade for you.
Jade is great for the following healing properties:
- Releasing bad thoughts and negative energy (now who can’t use that?)
- Dream stone.. (add a piece into a dream pillow if you make or use them)
- Helps you to self heal
- Resolving emotional issues
- Good fortune (come on lottery ticket!)
- Working with nature
Working with Jade
Rob’s worked with Jade now and then in the lab and usually the pieces he comes out with are quite beautiful. The hardness on the MOH scale is around 6.5 so it’s hard but not so hard that you can’t work with it. To give you an idea, if you are not sure what is what on the MOH scale system, Talc is a 1 on the scale where Diamond is a 10. So when you are in the middle range, it gives you some wiggle room for working. I’ll have to ask him later what polishing compound he worked with that seemed the best.. if you do know, please feel free to add to the comments below.
Jade is certainly one of those stones that you have to be aware of as there are many “wanna-bes” out there. Just a few (and not all) you should look for are items labeled things such as New Jade, Aventurine Quartz (which is green and we’ve collected it locally up here in Canada), Serpentine and Prehnite. You should also do your research before you make any serious Jade purchases to get to know your supplier.
Have a peek.. here’s a few pictures from our trip to collect Aventurine Quartz (or Apple Jade).
There’s Rob, way down in the rock cut bringing up some larger pieces. He made me stay up at the top for safety reasons as this bank was pretty steep.
You can see from the photos that the green is quite beautiful..
I’ll go hunting later to see if I can find a picture of what they look like tumbled…
Thanks for reading!