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Jadeite and nephrite are materials that have both been called "jade" for thousands of years. Jade is a cultural term used for a very durable material that has been fashioned into tools, sculptures, jewellery, gemstones, and other objects for over 5,000 years. It was first used to manufacture axe heads, weapons, and tools for scraping and hammering because of its toughness. Then, because some specimens had a beautiful colour and could be polished to a brilliant lustre, people started to use jade for gemstones, talismans, and ornamental objects. Although most people who think of jade imagine a beautiful green gemstone, the material occurs in a wide variety of colours that include green, white, lavender, yellow, blue, black, red, orange, and grey - ""

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