There are twominerals called jade: jadeite and nephrite. Jadeite has a brighter and clearer color than nephrite. Both nephrite and jadeite are tougher than steel. They come in other colors besides green, such as yellow and purple! Jade has been around for centuries – ancient people used it for tools, weapons, and art.
The stronger-than-steel jade not only comes in green, but also yellow, orange, purple, gray, black, and brown.
Hundreds of thousands of years ago, Stone Age workers made jade into weapons, tools, and ceremonial objects. Imagine prehistoric humans carving jade in dim caves and huts!
Ancient jade burial suits were used for Han Dynasty royalty in China. This one is more than 2,000 years old.
Professor Gary Lee Todd, Ph.D.
what's in a name?
The Spanish brought jade from the America’s into Europe. Jade comes from the Spanish words for “stone of the pain in the side” because it was believed to cure kidney diseases.