Jade: Pride of British Columbia

Through the journey of human civilization, stones have been part of human consciousness. Precious stones have always attracted man’s attention, whether for jewelry, décor pieces, or to embellish sculpture, or embed in the architecture of buildings. Diamond, Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald are known as precious stones, but there is another class of stones equally famous and have been used by humans over the centuries, they are known as semi-precious stones.

Semi-precious stones include gemstones like Agate, Amethyst, Aquamarine, Garnet, Hematite, Jade, Lapis lazuli, Moonstone, Obsidian, Onyx, Tiger’s eye, Topaz, Turquoise, and several others. Jade has been part of the human story for thousands of years; some say more than 5000 years. British Columbia produces around 75 percent of the world’s Nephrite Jade. In 1886, Chinese adventurists who were passing through BC while hunting for gold discovered Jade deposits, and since then, Canadian green Jade became famous worldwide.

Jade is considered a lucky stone to have; it is thought to help in the fulfillment of desires. Apart from enhancing the spiritual side of life, Jade is said to beneficial for health too. Believers in gemstone powers use Jade to get rid of toxins in the body and maintain metabolism. Many also call it a dream stone. It has unique qualities in connecting the metaphysical to the physical world.

Feng Shui items, Buddha and other deity statues, and several decor items made of Jade are quite popular among the residents of BC and tourists who visit the beautiful British Columbia!

Gemologists, lapidaries, and anyone who works with gemstones know that Jade symbolizes balance and helps strengthen relationships. It brings prosperity to the person who adorns it. The stone comes in a wide range of colors from different shades of green to pink, purple, brown, red, orange, yellow, blue, and even black. Although the green Jade is the birthstone of Virgo, it is also knowns as the mystical birthstone for people born in March.

So do you have a Jade ? If no, its time to explore some stores in Vancouver area that sell exquisite Jade decor items and jewelry.