Jade is one of the oldest, important gems in our world. Its history dates back over more than 7,000 years.
The gem is especially highly valued throughout China and Latin America, sometimes holding more value than gold.
The word ‘jade’ derived from ‘Piedra de Ijada’, Spanish for ‘stone for pain in the side’.
When Spanish explorers saw natives of America holding pieces of jade to their sides, they believed that it could prevent or cure diseases.
The word ‘nephrite’ derived from the Greek word for ‘kidney’, referring to its supposed ability to cure kidney disease.
Nephrite is one of two distinct mineral forms classified as jade, the other is jadeite. Up until 1863, nephrite was believed to be one and the same as jadeite.
Nephrite is a fibrous variety of tremolite-actinolite, a basic calcium magnesium iron silicate, whereas jadeite is a pyroxene mineral.
Nephrite is more common than jadeite and is slightly softer than jadeite but is also considered tougher due to a denser structure.
Traditional Chinese jade mostly refers to nephrite since there are no jadeite deposits located in China.
Nowadays, green nephrite is considered to be the most valuable but translucent, white nephrite was most valuable until the introduction of Burmese ‘imperial’ jadeite jade during the 18th century.
Nephrite jade is mostly found in a variety of green colors, but it also occurs from white to gray, brownish to black and other variations of the above.
The hardness of this type of jade measures 6.0–6.5 on Mohs scale.
Despite its opaque appearance, the stone actually is semi-translucent, which becomes evident only when one holds it in front of a source of illumination, as can be seen in the picture below.
This delicate pendant, 47 mm in diameter, depicts a dragon, hand carved into the gemstone.
The Chinese, since ancient times, call themselves the descendants of dragons.
The dragon, in their believe, is the most powerful animal for evasion and protection.
This large Chinese jade dragon amulet, is an excellent gift for someone you consider very important, as it is traditionally assumed to bring good fortune and wealth. Therefore a black jade dragon pendant symbolizes great power, bringing good luck and protection to its wearer.
A Javanese dukun (from Cirebon) of Chinese descent endowed the amulet with various mystical properties that are attributed to the dragon. Through chanting an ancient mantra, the spiritual master thereby miraculously turned the black jade pendant into a magical object.
This allows one to use the talisman’s magical power for protection, being fortunate and lucky in all aspects of life including one’s love life or in business or gambling.
Last but not least, this fine amulet pendant, is a true piece of art, worn on a necklace and is suitable for both men and women.
The ancient mantra below, ‘The Great Dragon Krkala Sutra’, in which the Dragon is introduced as a transformation of Acala, can be chanted while wearing the pendant, to enhance the talisman’s powers.
NAMO SIDDHI SIDDHI, SU SIDDHI, SIDDHI KARA RAYA, GUHYA SAM MAMA SRI, AJAN MA SIDDHI SVAHA