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 African Jade

 

Gemstone:
African Jade

Birthstone Month:
African Jade is not associated with a birthstone month.

Zodiac:
African Jade is not associated with a zodiac sign.

Chemical Symbol:
Ca3Al2(SiO4)3

Chemical Symbol:
African Jade is a complex Calcium Aluminum Silicate. Its bright green coloration is due to traces of chromium.

History & Lore:
African Jade is mined in South Africa, and for this reason alone receives its name. It is occasionally referred to as Transvaal Jade.

It is considered to bring good luck, wealth, relaxation, and can improve the wearers response during a crucial situation. African Jade is also thought to be an important aid in business relationships and can help in keeping long distance relationships intact.

African Jade is a gemstone of general healing abilities and is considered to specifically aid kidney and skin related disorders and diseases.

Availability:
Even though it is mined only in South Africa, availability is generally not an issue because it is not a gemstone variety that is currently experiencing high demand.

Sources:
The Sole source of African Jade is South Africa.

Evaluation:
African Jade is a tough, opaque stone that lacks cleavage and is rated at 6.5 to 7.5 on Moh's Scale of Hardness. African Jade has a vitreous luster and is most often a forest green to a greyish green, but may also be multi-colored and display shades of pink and white.

 

Common Cuts:
African Jade can be cut into a variety of shapes/cuts with oval, round, and cushion cuts being the most common. African Jade has also traditionally been used in tribal carvings and sculptures.

Routine Enhancements:
There are no known enhancements for Agrican Jade.

Care & Cleaning:
African Jade is best cleaned with warm, soapy water and a soft brush. As with most gemstones, African Jade should be kept away from exposure to extremes of heat and household chemicals that can damage the stone. Always keep your African Jade jewelry in a fabric-lined box away from other harder jewelry items so as to avoid scratching.

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