Yellow Jade from the Serpentine family

28 Sep

Through the ages Jade has been a challenge for many to definitively type. We have “true” jade from the nephrite and jadeite mineral classifications and then we have stones from the serpentine family that in China had been lumped into the Jade family till around 1863 when society realized that there were differences. The confusion continues today, since the Chinese word for jade, yu, is applied to a variety of minerals that are suitable for jewelry-making and carving.


Yellow Jade also known as Butterscotch Agate is in the yellow/orange color family so you will be seeing this popping up a lot with this coming color palate. This gemstone is a golden-colored form of serpentine.

Yellow Jade is truly part of the Serpentine classification and is actually an Agate yet still retains its Jade status to this day due in part to its external appearance. Jade’s appearance is warm, approachable and desirable, admired for both its simplicities and complexities.


Yellow Jade is said to have the energy and attributes of both agates and jade. The ancient Chinese believed jade was of heaven and earth that was also a symbol of power for the Chinese, Olmecs, Mayans, Toltecs and Aztecs. Jade is said to help protect the kidneys, heart, larynx, liver, spleen, thymus and thyroid. It is also believed to strengthen the body and increase l9ongevity, and is known as a symbol of love and virtue. Jade is mined in China, Canada, Australia, Mexico, New Zealand, Taiwan, and the United States.


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