Nephrite jade is one of two different mineral species called jade. The other, jadeite which is much rarer may contain a wider variety of hues. Nephrite jade is mainly composed of grays and greens and occasionally yellows, whites and browns. Nephrite also has a number of other synonyms and varieties that often refer to the location it comes from including: BC jade, Canadian jade, Lushan jade, beilstein, kidney stone, lapis nephriticus, nephrit and spinach jade.
Jade is a stone with a long history. Ancient Chinese symbolized it with courage, wisdom, justice and mercy. The soothing green colour of jade makes it a wonderful healing stone, which increases fertility and longevity. It is an emotional balancer that gives the feeling of peace, steadiness and nurturing.
These polished and tumbled agate stones from Brazil have been dyed a variety of bright colours to enhance the natural beauty of the stone.
Agate is also known as chalcedony quartz and comes in many colours and varieties. It is used to harmonize Yin and Yang, help build self-confidence, enhance mental function and strengthen the body/mind. Agate is a good protective energy stone, and also helps the body's connection to the earth. It is considered a good luck stone, and enhances creativity and stimulates the intellect.