Fabulous Art Deco Nephrite Spinach Jade Claddagh Gold Plated Vintage Bracelet. Rare and Unique Bracelet made of Oval Nephrite Spinach Jade and Oval Claddagh gold plated links. There are five links of each. It has a thumb type clasp. Measuring 3/8" width x 7 1/2" length. Wonderfully Unique Bracelet! The Claddagh represents love, loyalty, and friendship (the hands represent friendship, the heart represents love, and the crown represents loyalty). Jade is one of the oldest and most important gemstones, with a history dating over 7,000 years. It is especially prized throughout Chinese and Latin American cultures, often holding more value than gold. The term 'jade' was derived from 'Piedra de Ijada', a Spanish phrase meaning 'stone for the pain in the side' because Spanish explorers saw natives of Central America holding pieces of jade to their sides, believing that it could cure ills. The name 'nephrite' was derived from the Greek word for 'kidney', which refers to its supposed ability to cure kidney disease. Nephrite is one of two distinct mineral forms classified as jade (the other is jadeite) and up until 1863, nephrite was believed to be one and the same as jadeite. An important dark green variety of nephrite is sometimes known as "spinach jade".
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