In Chinese, jade, pronounced as 'Yu', means "the royal gemstone" or "something precious. Equally important is the concept that jade has been "perfected. Then, jade is perfected by water, that is, rounded and polished by the gentle action of streams and rivers. Therefore, Jade has the strength, hardness, and flexibility of steel, in addition to being the most beautiful of all natural stones.
Importance of Jade in Chinese Culture
English translation of 玉 ( yu / yù ) - jade in Chinese
In the West, precious gems such as diamonds or rubies were worn by high-ranking people as status symbols. However, in China, it is jade that has been a symbol of status, spirituality, purity, and health for over 9, years. Jade has been mined and worked in China since the Stone Age. In prehistoric sites, jade artifacts include simple ornaments with bead, button, and tubular shapes. It was also used for tools and weapons. Jade later became revered with special significance. Beautiful designs were used for carvings, decorations, ceremonies, furnishings, and jewelry for the Imperial families.
Jade & Meanings
Chinese jade refers to the jade mined or carved in China from the Neolithic onward. It is the primary hardstone of Chinese sculpture. Although deep and bright green jadeite is better known in Europe, for most of China's history, jade has come in a variety of colors and white "mutton-fat" nephrite was the most highly praised and prized.
This refers to the semi-precious stone that can be almost white or a vivid green. Note: In Japanese, this character can mean jewel, ball, sphere or coin depending on context. If your name is Jade, you may want to choose this to represent your name by meaning rather than pronunciation.