Jade is really a lovely gemstone that a great many consumers think of in a very affectionate, old-fashioned type of way. Presently there are actually quite a few colors connected with Jade, while most people will think the deep green that may be the most common. It is as hard as quartz and has been traditionally used in weaponry. Since the item became very popular, it was included with other gemstones and took over as royal gemstone in China as well as the official gemstone of British Columbia.
Long associated with Chinese culture, jade is an ancient and beautiful gemstone. The characteristic green color of the stone (which can range from very pale, milky green to very dark green) is caused by its iron content. More iron results in deeper green color. This extremely durable stone has been used to make tools and beaded jewelry, along with other objects used for ornamental or spiritual purposes, for at least 7000 years. Fine examples of jade jewelry and artifacts, both modern and historic, have been found all over the world.
To tell the story of jade is really to tell the tale of two ancient empires: the Chinese and the Mayans. Both cultures prized jade's beauty above all other gems and precious metals. Both the Mayans and the Chinese used carved jade beads to make jewelry and they also carved jade into tools and weapons. These two ancient empires prized not just the green stones that are popular today, but also black jade, purple jade and blue jade too.