Alternative Names: Chinese Serpentine, Antigorite, Bowenite
Mineral Species: Antigorite (var. Bowente), Serpentine Group
Mineral Group: Silicates
Chemical Formula: Mg3Si2O5(OH)4
Crystal System: Monoclinic
Colour: Pale to mid-green
Typical Appearance: Usually massive crystalline aggregates.
Chakra Alignment: Heart
Origin of Name & Mythology: New Jade alludes to its similarity to Nephrite and Jadeite, the two minerals recognised as true Jade. Bowenite is named after George Bowen (1803-1828), chemist and mineralogist at University of Nashville U.S.A.
The energy of New Jade is soft, gentle and watery like a clear still pool, and is immensely cleansing and detoxifying. It can calm and sooth, bringing tranquillity to the user, helping them to relax physically and mentally. Its colour and connection with the Upper Heart Chakra brings gentle support to the immune system, and balance on many levels, including balance of thyroid function.
New Jade can help to quiet the mind and promote a deep meditative state. Melody suggests using it to clear the Chakras.