Rose Quartz and Jade are great choices for Gua Sha tools because of their beauty, healing abilities, and energetic characteristics that are unmatched by many. They are easy to handle and run smoothly over the surface of the skin to disperse tension due to stagnation from water retention and muscle tightness.
So, just how does Jade compare to Rose Quartz when it comes to Gua Sha?
Benefits of Jade Gua Sha
Jade is one the most revered gemstones since ancient China and more importantly, it was a symbol of purity and moral integrity. Known for its durability and magical qualities, Jade is often regarded as a heavenly stone that exudes calming and soothing qualities that balance the body, mind and soul.
Jade is especially useful for administering facial Gua Sha because it can enhance the flow of ‘Qi’ or energy, to achieve toning and defining effect. Because blemishes were often the result of blocked energies, using Jade as part of the Gua Sha therapy can help to restore energy flow and bring a healthy glow back to the skin.
Benefits of Rose Quartz Gua Sha
Rose Quartz, on the other hand, is a lovely semi-precious stone known to emit a strong vibration of love, harmony and emotional healing. It brings deep healing to the heart and increases blood circulation to the rest of the body. Much like its soft hue, Rose Quartz is gentle to the body and redefines one’s beauty by boosting neuron activities and promoting clear complexion with accelerated healing.
Coupling Rose Quartz with facial Gua Sha is like a match made in heaven for many practitioners because of its ability to improve blood and Qi circulation, enhance cell renewal and depuff the face.
Physical Characteristics of Jade vs. Rose Quartz
Jade is a mineral that refers to two different silicate minerals: nephrite (a silicate of calcium and magnesium in the amphibole group of minerals) or jadeite (a silicate of sodium and aluminium in the pyroxene group of minerals). Jade is naturally cool to the touch and maintains its temperature even if placed in a warm environment or in contact with the body.
On the other hand, Rose Quartz, which is made up of silicium, magnesium, iron, sodium and oxygen, has a more adaptive nature that warms to the temperature of the skin. However, with a Mohs scale of mineral hardness of 7, Rose Quartz is harder than Jade, which typically measures between 6 to 7.
Jade or Rose Quartz, Which Is Better?
Using Jade may be the more traditional approach for Gua Sha but administering with Rose Quartz does bring notable benefits too. Ultimately, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, the right choice depends on personal preference and usage.
As a basic guide, first, consider the energetic qualities and healing properties that best suit your needs. Jade is great for releasing blocked energies while Rose Quartz can be extremely calming and rejuvenating for the skin.
Next, consider the physical properties of the stones. Choose a more solid material if it is frequently used or regularly applied on the body and muscle areas. Alternatively, using a Gua Sha tool with a cooler surface can help to reduce puffiness and eye bags.
Remember, there is no right or wrong choice. Sometimes the best choice is the one that you feel most drawn to.
How to pick the best Gua Sha Tool
One of the most common questions we get asked is how to choose a Gua Sha tool? Always choose to buy a Gua Sha tool from Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners or reputable brands with clear origins to avoid buying a fake item. The truth is, there is a huge supply of glasses or stones injected with synthetic colors being sold as semi-precious stones and most novices would not be able to tell them apart. To safeguard your health, avoid buying from unknown sources and choose to buy from reputable stores or brands is the safest bet.
Here are some guidelines to help you spot a fake stone:
- Natural Jade and Rose Quartz surfaces are never consistent. If you spot pieces with consistent grains or look perfectly clear, they are most likely fake
- If there are bubbles in the Gua Sha tool, it is a clear sign that it is not real Jade or Rose Quartz. The bubbles are most likely formed when colors are injected into the glass or fake stone
- To determine if your Jade is genuine or fake, hold the stone against your face for a minute. If it remains cool, it is real Jade; if it warms up, it is a fake.
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