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Nephrite is one of the two forms of Jade; the other is Jadeite. Nephrite is a member of the Actinolite-Tremolite group and is a calcium magnesium iron silicate. It is comprised of densely woven, interlocking fibers that make it extremely tough to break, although it is a relatively soft mineral (only 6 - 6.5 on the Mohs scale), and can be easily scratched. Nephrite is more common than its brother, Jadeite, and less expensive. Nephrite Jade has a creamy appearance and a soapy texture. This crystal has a glassy to greasy luster but at times may also present as dull.

One variety of Nephrite Jade is "Inca Jade" which is also green and has pyrite inclusions. Inca Jade is opaque and creamy in appearance, with a soapy feeling texture. It promotes sustainability and longevity, fosters levels of energetic protection, aids with increased feelings of courage. Some of its usage tips include using it for Shamanic journeying and spirit guide connections, working with it to overcome a traumatic childhood and placing it under the pillow for enhanced dreaming.

Another more valuable variety of Nephrite which is white in color is "Mutton Fat" Jade or White Jade.

Like all Jades, Nephrite is an abundance and prosperity stone. It can be kept in a cash register to increase business, or carried/worn to start a new enterprise. Nephrite is also an earth healing crystal and will bring abundance in the garden. It can be placed in and around the home to bring peace and harmony to all who reside there, and when placed near the Heart chakra, encourages unconditional love. A protective stone, Nephrite can be used to prevent accidents and other mishaps.

Physically, Nephrite Jade alleviates skin problems such as acne; assists the lymphatic system; helps with bladder and kidney problems, and eases the pain of arthritis and other joint illnesses, especially in the hips. Nephrite also helps with fluid retention, high blood pressure and imbalances in blood sugar levels.


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Physical and Metaphysical Properties for
Crystal Name:Nephrite Jade
Alternate Stone Name:Common Jade
Pronunciation:Neff rite Jahyd
Affirmation:I am fulfilled.
Question:How do you fortify your life-force energy?
Astrological Sign:Libra (September 23 to October 22), Pisces (February 19 to March 20), Taurus (April 20 to May 20)
Primary Chakra:Heart Chakra
Secondary Chakra:Root Chakra
Location:Canada, China, Russia
Rarity:Fairly Common
Mineral Class:Silicates
Crystal System:Monoclinic
Hardness:6.0 to 6.5 Hardness
Numerical Vibration:Number 5
Chemical Composition:Ca2(Mg,Fe)5Si8O22(OH)2, Calcium Magnesium Iron Silicate
Physical:Acne, Arthritis, Bladder Problems, Blood Sugar Regulation and Management, Bone Disorders and Health, Kidney Disorders and Health, Lymphatic System, Skin Infections and Irritations
Emotional:Abundance and Prosperity, Harmony, Love, Peace and Peacefulness
Spiritual:Balances Yang Energy, Balances Yin Energy
Extra Grade:Beautiful green color, translucent, <10% matrix
A Grade:Nice green color, partially translucent, 10% - 25% matrix
B Grade:Poor green color, opaque and/or >25% matrix
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Posted on May 08, 2014
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