Jade is one of the few gemstones that can be traced back to prehistoric times. Some 8,000 years ago, jade was valued for its hardness and strength. Ancient civilizations used jade to create weapons and tools, especially ones with sharp cutting edges, like knives and axes.
Jade: a stone with ancient mystique
Jade was highly valued in ancient China and played a significant role in the nation's culture and history. The famous Chinese philosopher Confucius referred to jade as "the precious stone of grace." Jade was a symbol of integrity, nobility, purity, loyalty and immortality. In the late 18th century, jade experienced a rebirth in China. Jade was crafted into endless ornamental carvings, earrings, pendants and bracelets to display the nation's great prosperity.
Other cultures prized jade as well. Jade was a symbol of wealth and status to ancient Romans. In ancient Egypt, the gemstone was a symbol of love, peace and harmony. South American Maya and Aztec civilizations valued jade more than gold.
Ross-Simons' Jade Collection
Ross-Simons' Jade Jewelry
Jade is actually two stones — nephrite and jadeite. In their pure form, the stones are white. The presence of other minerals is what gives jade its many shades. Nephrite is found in deeper green tones, plus white, brown and black. Jadeite comes in the more vivid green colors, as well as lavender, pink, yellow and white. Both types of jade make beautiful pieces of jewelry.
Ross-Simons' jewelry designers create jade rings, necklaces, earrings and jade bracelets that celebrate the gemstone's smooth texture and subtle sheen. Our jade jewelry radiates an exotic tone — as if the piece was a treasure from a faraway land. Jade's rich colors are complemented nicely by 14kt yellow gold or sterling silver.
Jade is usually found in Asia, specifically China and Myanmar, as well as Russia, and South America.
Jade Jewelry Care & Handling
Jade is on the softer side (6.5 on the Mohs scale) so scratches and blunt blows should be avoided. Protect your jade jewelry by storing it in your Ross-Simons presentation box. Clean your jade rings, necklaces and bracelets with a soft cloth, or wash them periodically with warm water.