Legend - The name Jade is derived from the Spanish phrase "piedra de ijada" meaning "stone of the side" referring to the belief that jade could cure kidney ailments and hip problems. It was brought to Europe by the Portuguese who obtained it from their trading bases in China. Jade is fairly porous and can accept a variety of dyes. It is heat treated to remove water and expand pore spaces which gives a nice uniform colour.
Properties - Believed to alleviate emotional hurt and trauma, bestowing inner peace.
Description - These Jade beads are dyed to a deep purple colour. The round beads are translucent, whereas the oval and coin beads are lighter and more opaque. As with all dyed beads, care must be taken with any type of chemicals - eg hairspray and perfume. Sold as temporary strung 38cm (approx) strands.