As featured in this necklace from Bonnies' Gem Creations on Etsy.com (see http://tinyurl.com/aobrdl3 ), jade is a stone thought to strengthen the heart and to bring abundance to the wearer. (Note the solid green bead is an example of green jade; the other jades shown in this lovely piece are African Jade, found only in South Africa, and Peace Jade from China -- a combination of serpentine, stichtite and white quartz.) Green Jade is a translucent to opaque stone. Noted for its toughness, it was actually used in prehistoric times for tools and weapons. It can be found all around the world -- in Brazil, Australia, Russia, Asia, Siberia, Taiwan, China, Europe, Africa and Switzerland. In China, India, Japan and Korea, jade beads have been highly esteemed; the Mayan culture of Belize, Mexico and Guatemala used it as adornment for both the living and the dead. It was often a material for carving in China and pre-Columbian Central America. Some say jade is a good stone to wear during sleep, having a beneficial effect upon the dream life. Another recommendation is to use the stone to keep from being too attached to the material world, by wearing it when hiking, gardening or relaxing out of doors -- as it is thought to draw upon the Earth's life force and carry the signature of nature into artificial/sterile environments. Whatever your beliefs about stones and their characteristics, there is no doubt that jade is one of the most royal and beautiful of stones. In China, the traditional character for 'king' was an image of three jade beads. When paired with gold or any number of complimentary beads, you are sure to have a creation fit for royalty!