The term “Jade” can refer to several minerals, but its traditional properties correspond amazingly well. Chinese nephrite jade and ancient Mesoamerican jadeite were both held to be the most precious stones, and are associated with wealth and luck in life as well as good standing in the afterlife. In both cultures, burial practices included jade: in China, pieces of jade were pressed into the nine body openings of the deceased, while in Mesoamerica mourners placed a piece of jade on the deceased’s tongue to serve as his or her heart in the afterlife. It’s truly amazing to see this amount of correspondence between cultures who had no way of knowing about each other! Some forms of jade (jadeite) contain aluminum and iron, and therefore should not be used to make elixirs.
Serpentine is the name for a group of minerals rather than one specific type of stone. It is often mid-identified as Jade, but Jadeite and Nephrite are the only two true types of Jade. Serpentine can sometimes be called New Jade or Korean Jade.
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