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African Jade received its name from Sout South Africa, as it is mined from the mines of South Africa. However, occasionally it is known as Transvaal Jade. It is a bright green stone. The stone is usually worn to attract wealth, prosperity and health. African Jade is also used to improve business relationships. African Jade gemstone possesses characteristics of general healing, which is related specifically to cure disease related to kidney and skin. 

African Jade is kept at a distant places from exposure to high heat and household chemicals or else it can harm the stone. Fabric-lined box should be used to keep the jewelry made of African jade to avoid from other harder jewelry items to prevent getting a scratch.
Availability - South Africa is the only source of African Jade.

Usages - Many times Jade Usages - Many times Jade is polished into cabochons and beads, and is even used in bracelets, necklaces, rings, pendants and earrings. Ornamental figures mainly of animals and Buddha’s are traditionally being carved from Jade. It is cut into different shapes with oval and round in common. In traditional basis its use is in tribal carvings and sculptures.

Gemological Characteristics

Chemical formula Nephrite: Ca2(Mg,Fe)5Si8O22(OH)2 Jadeite: NaAlSi2O6
Composition Calcium Aluminum Silicate
Hardness 6.5-7.5
Cleavage Not available
Transparency From translucent to opaque
Shine vitreous
Color Grey, Red, White, Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange, Brown, Pink, Purple, Black, Banded,
Crystal system monoclinic

Classification:

  • Chrysomelanite – This dark green color Jade mottled with black speckles or even lines.
  • Imperial Jade - Deep emerald-green, translucent form of Jade.
  • Lavender Jade - Lavender, light-purple form of Jade.
  • Russian Jade - Spinach-green Jade from the Lake Baikal area in Russia.