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history of jade

Naum + Jade

N a u m • the Mayan God of the mind + consciousness


The Ancient Mayans revered Jade as an all-powerful healing stone. The stone was attributed to wealth, power, status, and also seen as a way of communing with the “Xibalba”, or The Underworld.

It’s healing powers are both spiritual, and physical. Derived from the Spanish “Piedra de Ijada”, or ‘loin-stone’, Green Jade was held at the abdomen of the Maya to cure kidney ailments.

Jade occurs naturally in two forms: Nephrite + Jadeite, Jadeite being the more rare of the two. Guatemala is one of only four countries in which Jadeite is found.

Dark Green, or ‘Apple Green’ Jade is the most well known, as it is the most commonly occurring color, yet, the purest form of Jade is actually white, or ‘Moon Jade’. The different colors of Jade occur as a result of thousands of years of mineral intrusions. Each stone possesses individual meaning and healing properties unique to its color.

While the scarcity of the stone provides much of it’s appeal, the historical significance is equally alluring.

As there is so little documentation from the Mayan period, the knowledge of this stone’s powers is little known, and has survived only through generations by way of practice and word-of-mouth. Much of this information was told to us directly by our Artisans.

In sharing such delicate information, we hope to respectfully preserve and celebrate the culture of the beautiful Maya people.

See Powers of Jade