Black Jade is an etheric bodyguard and a stone of protection. Its strong elemental energy shields not only the physical body, but guards against negative forces or entities, energy vampires, and people projecting anger and aggression. It defends against morphogenic fields of negative energy, such as the fear and violence projected through the media, and is particularly helpful in times of war or world crisis. [Simmons, 212]
Black Jade is also an important tool for looking inward. It allows for honest self-evaluation, and helps absorb and transform unhealthy and destructive emotions. [Simmons, 212][Ahsian, 212]
In scientific terms, Jade is the name shared by two distinctly different minerals – Nephrite, a calcium magnesium silicate, and Jadeite, a sodium aluminum silicate. Though they have different compositions, hardnesses, densities, and crystal structures, both are exceptionally tough stones, similar in appearance, and equally valuable in metaphysical properties. Black Jade may be of either variety, and may also be colored with bits of graphite or iron oxide.
Nephrite generally occurs in creamy white, mid- to deep olive green, brown and black. It has a smooth surface polish with a waxy sheen and is more commonly found. Jadeite may be a white-gray green, leafy green, blue or blue-green, emerald green, lavender, pink, red, orange, greenish-black, or black. It is hard and lustrous, rarer than Nephrite, and usually more expensive. In this article, both minerals will be referred to as Jade, except for attributes listed that are specific to Black Jade. (See the Jade page for more extensive information.)
Jade, in all forms, is valued most for its metaphysical properties. It is the ultimate “Dream Stone,” revered in ancient cultures, as well as today, to access the spiritual world, gain insight into ritualistic knowledge, encourage creativity, and dream-solve. [Melody, 341][Raphaell, 161] It is cherished as a protective talisman, assuring long life and peaceful death, and is considered a powerful healing stone. [Mella, 87] An amulet of good luck and friendship, Jade signifies wisdom gathered in tranquility, dispelling the negative and encouraging one to see oneself as they really are. [Source]