A very cute Mandarin Duck shaped pendant or necklace carved from a solid piece of the Jade known as Jadeite, also known as New Jade or Chinese Jade, with some nice gemmy biys when held up to light.
Jadeite is one of the minerals recognized as the gemstone Jade, the other is Nephrite. Although similar, Jadeite and Nephrite Jade have different physical and chemical characteristics. Jadeite has a wider range of colors than Nephrite Jade; Jadeite commonly ranges from white through pale apple green to deep jade green but can also be blue-green, pink, lavender and a multitude of other rare colors. Nephrite jade is found in darker shades of green that are almost black.
Over 180 axe heads made from jadeite quarried in northern Italy in the Neolithic era (beginning about 10,200 BC) have been found across the British Isles. Because of the difficulty of working this material, all the axe heads of this type found are thought to have been non-utilitarian and to have represented some form of currency or be the products of gift exchange.
A great many jadeite beads and axe heads as well as the remains of jadeite workshops from the Neolithic era have been uncovered in Itoigawa, Japan. These beads and axes were traded throughout Japan and the Korean Peninsula and were produced by the world's oldest known jadeite-using culture.
Jade is a name shared by two distinctly different minerals— Nephrite, a calcium magnesium silicate, and Jadeite, a sodium aluminum silicate. Nephrite has a hardness of 6 and Jadeite has a hardness of 6.5 to 7.
The following information is courtesy of "The Pocket Book of Stones" which we also sell HERE
Both have mono-clinic crystal systems and are very tough stones, a trait caused by their finely interlocked and strongly bonded crystal structures. Green Jade is a stone with a heart of healing, and a stone for healing the heart.
Its energies are so strong and steady, one feels a flow of well-being and balance almost immediately upon touching them. These are good stones to wear during sleep, both for their harmonious and nourishing vibrations and for their beneficial effect upon one’s dream life.
Green Jade fosters wholesome and steady growth of one’s chi, or life-force energies. It is recommended that one try wearing or carrying Green Jade when hiking, gardening or relaxing out of doors, because it draws upon the Earth’s life force and imbues one’s auric field with that energy.
When one cannot be outside, Green Jade can help one carry the signature of Nature into even the most artificial environments.
"This information is for research purposes only and should not be construed as medical recommendations for any disease or symptom. It is not intended to provide medical advice. Consult a licensed healthcare professional for treatment."