Jade and Serpentine Gemstone Beads: For centuries, the word jade applied to green gemstones brought to Europe from China and Central America. It wasn't until 1863 that society realized the term "jade" was being applied to two different minerals. These two gemstones, nephrite and jadeite, are relatively hard to distinguish from each other, and both are still called jade. Varieties of serpentine have also been confused with jade throughout history, and some serpentine is still called jade. In fact, the Chinese word for jade is applied to a variety of minerals that can be carved, including serpentine, agate and quartz!
Our jade beads include true jades, serpentine beads, and beads called "jade" descriptively (because they look like jade). Choose from African jade, antiqued jade, new jade, candy jade, yellow jade and more! Jade semiprecious beads and pendants are said to increase longevity, and are a symbol of love and virtue.