The most important source of jade is Myanmar. Jade can also be found in Guatemala, Central Asia, Canada, Australia, Siberia, New Zealand, Japan, and in the US.
The color of jade can range from shades of green and blue, to yellow, red, white, lavender, grey, and black. The Chinese, Mayas, Aztecs, and the Maoris of New Zealand have long used the stone for axe heads, daggers, and sacred knives. Jade amulets were buried with the dead in China.
The Incas and Aztecs used Jade knives to tear out hearts of the human sacrifices they then offered to god of the sun and rain.
Ancient people thought that wearing jade would increase body strength and add longevity. The Chinese believed that jade objects were linked to immortality.
In addition to its ability to heal the spleen and kidneys, Jade, when reduced to a powder and added to concoctions, it was believed to strengthen the lungs, heart, vocal chords, and to prolong life.
Jade is excellent for healing feelings of guilt and defeatism. Green Jade is a crystal of love. It is supportive of new love, and increases honesty and fidelity.