In this post, we tell you everything you need to know about white jade, including its meaning, properties, uses and value. Let's get started!
Jade comes in many different ray energies, and, although uncommon, white is one of them. White jade has been used for holistic reasons since the dawn of time. It remains an ever important part of the crystal healing community, and this is everything you need to know about it:
In this article we discuss the following:
- White Jade Meaning
- White Jade Metaphysical Properties
- White Jade Chakra
- White Jade vs. Green Jade
- Where is White Jade Found?
- White Jade Value / Price
- Can White Jade Go in Water?
- White Jade Roller
- How to Cleanse White Jade
- White Jade: Tumbled vs Rough
White Jade Meaning
To understand what jade means to the world, one first needs to understand its form. All forms of jade are either derived from jadeite or nephrite. White jade rarely forms as a result of jadeite, as natural jadeite is extremely rare, documented in no more than 12 locations worldwide.
Nephrite common forms in a creamy white formation, which we aptly name white jade. In China, jade has been an important entity for centuries, with origins dating back to ancient culture and the invention of gua sha as a healing practice.
Chinese white jade, derived from nephrite, is usually referred to as “mutton fat” jade, on account of its luscious white hue. Jadeite is more likely to form in shades of brown, blue, green or lavender before it shows in white ray energy.
There is evidence that jade derived from jadeite was being traded as early as the 14th century in Burma, which is testament to what the white jade stone meant to society from early on.
White Jade Metaphysical Properties
From a metaphysical perspective, white jade embodies that which almost all white crystals do: purity, clarity, and a sense of peace. White ray energy tends to be notably universal, and the crystals that carry it almost always perform similar energetic tasks.
White jade is a calming stone; cling to it in times of chaos or uncertainty and you’ll be gently guided toward a more balanced, panic free sense of self.
Like rose quartz, white jade can work to amplify and enhance the amount of love in your life. This is not to say that the stone can attract that which is not already present, but for existing love it can be a great companion. That being said, white jade is a luck bringer — so new love may also be on the horizon when working with this stone.
Not all white jade properties are metaphysical. This stone has a particularly strong effect over the physical body, too. Jade in general is soothing and possesses anti-inflammatory properties that benefit human skin. Rubbing white jade directly over an ailment can stimulate faster healing.
White Jade Chakra
Crystals that fall into certain ray energies are automatically linked to the chakra in the corresponding color ray. Blue stones, for example, work with the blue chakra, also known as the throat chakra. Similarly, red stones are linked to the root chakra, which appears to those who can perceive it as a red ray of energy.
White stones, like jade, are concerned with the crown chakra: the energy center that connects the higher planes with the lower, and our lower selves to the higher versions.
While working with the crown chakra, white jade will slowly penetrate all of the chakras from the head down. It does this in order to purify, align and reconnect the entire chakra circuit to the rest of the universe, playing the part of a channel or tunnel through which energy can move.
The best way to direct crystal energy through the crown chakra is to lay flat on your back with the crystal at the crown of the head, close to where you would place a hat.
White Jade vs. Green Jade
Often in the world of crystal healing white jade and green jade are both used relatively interchangeably.
Truth be told, green and white jade possess a lot of similar qualities. They are both luck-bringers, and work by amplifying energy as opposed to absorbing it. Like white jade, green jade is also a symbol of purity and tranquility. Peace and harmony live within the essence of both stones.
Green jade is a friendship crystal, and works to strengthen existing relationships that bring about that friendly sort of love. White jade bears some similarities to this, as it likes to work closely with any existing avenues of love in one’s life.
Unlike white jade, green jade has the ability to stabilize the personality of the user in question. The result is self assurance to degrees not previously attained.
Where is White Jade Found?
Jade in general is mined in many destinations all over the planet. Russia, Guatemala, New Zealand and the Swiss Alps have all offered generous jade deposits to the world, in the form of both nephrite and jadeite.
White jade, however, is almost always mined in China: the same place that named this stone “mutton fat”. This is jade formed in the nephrite category, and the deposits found in the Xinjiang region are of the highest value.
Of jade that occurs within the jadeite category, about 70% of the world’s supply comes directly from Myanmar; this includes this variant of white jade, though incredibly rare.
The first place white jade was ever found was in China, in a river that today still bears the name of the stone. The White Jade River is a public attraction in Xinjiang that can be visited year round.
White Jade Value / Price
White jade can be hard to find, particularly if you’re not using the Internet to do your shopping. By this logic, it would seem that white jade would retail at particularly high prices when available for sale, but this is not really the case.
White jade isn’t the cheapest stone on the market, but it's by no means the most expensive either. Prices are relative to the size of the stone in question, but in general expect to pay around $13 for a finger-sized piece of jade, and over $25 for a palm-sized portion.
Small packets of white jade beads are commonly sold for as little as $5 a pack, while jade rollers, that feature two reasonably sized pieces of jade on either end, tend to retail upward to $30. We’ll take a closer look at these in a bit!
Can White Jade Go in Water?
Not all crystals are safe to submerge in water, as their compounds run the risk of being broken down and dissolving. Generally, this depends on the sensitivity of the stone in question, and it’s a good idea to learn the specifications of each of the crystals in your collection so you can tend to them safely.
Jade is an incredibly sensitive stone: even dropping it from a relatively safe height can result in cracking or breakage. When it comes to water, jade falls between safe and unsafe.
Holding your jade under running water for a few seconds is fine, but submerging jade in stagnant water for hours on end is not. Remember this distinction, and don’t make the mistake of cleansing your jade the same way you would other water-safe crystals.
Any water that jade stones come into contact with should be totally chlorine and chemical free. The crystalline structure of these stones is very delicate, and soluble contaminants like these could cause it to break down.
White Jade Roller
Jade rollers have become the trendy new bathroom tool, thanks to extensive exposure of traditional healing techniques such as gua sha. Gua sha was a practice performed by the Ancient Chinese, who would use hard tools, such as rocks or crystals, to move fluid retention through the skin.
They also found jade stones to be partially useful in soothing inflammation, due to how naturally cool jade is even when coming into contact with warm human skin.
White jade rollers are now widely available on the market, and they look like specially made razors, featuring a cylindrical shaped stone on either end. One uses a jade roller first thing in the morning, when the face is puffy and filled with retention fluids from slumber.
After applying a serum, simply roll one end of the roller over your skin, allowing the soothing properties of the stone to take effect.
For the purpose of gua sha over the rest of the body, jade nuggets can be purchased that are shaped perfectly into tools that can push the skin in the necessary directions.
How to Cleanse White Jade
Unfortunately, white jade is not a self cleansing stone like some white crystals are. It needs your help in order to remain in prime operational condition, and cleansing it once a month is strongly advised.
We cleanse crystals so that they stay in their energetic prime. From here, they are far more likely to make a positive impact on us and our lives.
Remember: White jade is not a submersible crystal; don’t attempt to cleanse and recharge your stone using any of the submerging techniques. The following are suitable cleansing and recharging methods for white jade:
- Hold your jade under running water for roughly 60 seconds, and then towel dry.
- Bury your stone in the garden, and leave it here for 48 hours. If it starts to rain within this time frame, retrieve the stone from the garden immediately.
- Burn incense or sacred herbs over your white jade.
- Make a bed of Himalayan salt on a plate, and let your white jade sit here for up to 48 hours. Alternatively, let it live here when not in use.
- Leave white jade under the light of the full moon once a month, letting it sit overnight and retrieving it the following morning.
- Pray or meditate over your stones, setting the intention for cleansing using your mind’s eye.
- Place white jade on top of any self-cleansing crystal, such as selenite. Let them sit together for as long as possible.
White Jade: Tumbled vs Rough
When crystals come from the Earth, they are generally rough cut and full of sharp edges. When we want stones to be rounded and polished, we use a method called ‘tumbling’.
This is achieved by placing rough cut stones in a machine that essentially tumbles them around until the rough edges are gradually faded out.
Tumbled stones are a lot more comfortable to work with, as there is little to no sharp contact occurring, and the crystal can literally be rolled over the skin without causing friction or pain. For physical healing of the human body, tumbled stones are definitely preferable. Tumbled stones are also used in the making of jade rollers, and gua sha tools.
When it comes to crystals for jewelry, or crystals for display in the home, a rough cut piece of jade can make for a very aesthetically pleasing addition.
There appears to be little to no price difference between tumbled jade and jade that is left rough.
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