Origin: China, New Zealand, Australia, Central & South America, Myanmar, Japan, Australia and Russia
Lore: An ancient symbol of love and virtue; since at least 2950 B.C., jade has been treasured in China as the royal gemstone, yu. According to archeological findings, the Chinese first began to know and use jade in the early Neolithic Age. The ancient Chinese believed jade was the essence of heaven and the earth, and carved jade into birds and beasts to use as items of worship. Jade was also a symbol of power, and only aristocrats could own items made from the gemstone. The Maori of New Zealand seek out their native jade in the riverbeds and use it for their hei tiki and koru carvings, which are thought to take on the spirit of the wearer and are passed down through generations.
Mystical: Jade is a stone of the heart. As such it is related to the heart chakra and has a beneficial effect on all heart chakra related issues, and all love relationships. Jade has been thought of as the concentrated essence of love and is therefore considered by some to be beneficial to loving relationships, while also considered to be good for emotional balance and stability. Jade of all kinds is very protective, particularly for children, against illness, and for psychic protection.