Monday, August 3, 2015

What is the meaning of my jade? What do jade colors mean?

One of the most frequent questions I receive is "what is the meaning of my jade bangle bracelet". Jade is an important part of Chinese culture, and Chinese people are known to have ancient stories and meanings.
Jade is believed to be closely related to the human body, and the jade qi energy and the body qi energy flow between each other. Asian people often give a gift of a jade piece they wear all the time, because they believe that the jade has become part of them and by giving it to a family member or close friend, they are giving a part of themselves.

Jade qi helps to balance the body, and the body qi flows into the jade. If you are healthy and happy, your jade that you wear every day will become more beautiful as you wear it. If you see your jade looking dull or flat, you might want to take extra care of your health, because perhaps you are getting ill.
Jade is believed to protect the person who wears it. I have received many emails from women who are looking for a new jade bangle to replace the jade bangle they wore all the time because it broke during an accident, and their stories often tell that they were so surprised that they were not injured. Only damage was the jade bangle breaking. A women told me a story about being in the hospital with serious cardiac illness she was not expected to survive. She was wearing her always-present red jade bangle bracelet. As the doctor thought she was going to die, suddenly her jade bangle spontaneously broke in several pieces, and she immediately started getting well, and recovered. There are many stories about jade protecting a person who wears it.

It is considered very lucky to receive a gift of jade. And it's also very lucky to give a gift of jade. Jade is a popular gift to give and receive around the New Year, with both the giver and receiver having good luck for the year, and longer.

Natural color "fu lu shou" three color jadeite bangle bracelet

 Natural jade colors are green, which is the most common color, and then more rare are the colors of white, lavender, red, often described as "hong", and yellow, which are caused by other minerals in the jade stone. Black jade is often very dark green jade, but black jade color is rare, often seen as charcoal. Jade is a natural stone, has lots of lines, fissures that look like small cracks but are not damage, and as moisture and other minerals seep through it, the different colors are made. The minerals that make the colors are part of the qi energy and represent different energies:

  • Green jade has energy for healing mind and body, calmness and balance and love. Light green is more yin qi, and darker green is more yang energy
  • White jade has the pure energy of the universe, and helps us develop deep wisdom from within, and calms our spirit
  • Lavender jade is often reserved for older women in Chinese culture, and has energy for inner peace, spiritual awareness and is often used for meditation and balance, and is a teacher of all things
  • "Hong" jade, red/orange color, has energy for protection and safety, success, confidence, courage and happiness
  • Yellow jade qi augments happiness, prosperity, spiritual growth and satisfaction in life
  • Black jade is very yang, and the carvers try to make each piece with only a small amount of black. Black jade is used by martial artists, those who play tai chi and qigong, to build up the body qi.
If you find that you attracted strongly to a certain color of jade, it's probably because the jade qi is "right" for you.  When you buy and wear jade that you have looked at for awhile, think about a lot, and keep coming back to look at it, it's not just "shopping desire" that's going on with you.  Your eyes see the jade and the brain gets the energy of the jade, and your body is letting you know that this kind of jade will help to balance the qi of your body, mind and spirit.  Trust it.

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