According to Ganoskin.com, an online gem and jewelry resource, Mayans in Mexico and Guatemala "had jadeite weapons and tools hundreds of years before the Chinese first saw the material". Indeed, Jade derived its name from the Spanish "piedras de ijada" which translates to "stone of the loins". Interestingly, the Greek word "nephros" means "kidney." Rough nephrite boulders resembled kidneys, so jade was thought to be a healing stone for kidney ailments.
|I added a chain to the brooch years ago so I could|
wear it as a necklace
For the Mayans, the color green was associated with two important life-giving substances, water and maize; the green stone was therefore viewed as having life-giving properties. The ancient Chinese considered jade capable of improving blood circulation and providing support to the central nervous system, believing that consumption of powdered jade would invigorate the heart and lungs. Actually, jade is primarily composed of magnesium, iron, and calcium. Magnesium and calcium increase bone density and iron aids in building red blood cells, so it comes as no surprise that jade would encourage red blood cell production and strengthen bones. Additionally, calcium is a powerful digestive aid, particularly for acid reflux, hence the stone’s reputation as a tonic for liver, kidney and digestion problems.
Me? I just like the fascinating variegations on the carved faces of my little green men and the deep sentiment they hold for me. That they might be providing me with robust circulation and enhanced digestion is simply icing on the cake.