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"... Forgive me, mates... But someone has to pay the consequences for Rose Quartz's sins... And I'll take the punishment without any regrets."

“But they won’t punish you! They want Rose Quarts!” Pearl called up to her, as she and the others were in the water. “Please, get down from there while you have a chance!”

Korean Folk Magic (Talismans): Jade

Above are my jade ring and tri-colored jade bangle. Jade actually has quite a bit of importance in folk tales and superstition.

It acts as a talisman that protects the wearer from negative spirits. The myth tells that each jade piece holds a spirit within and if you treat it with respect (e.g. never taking it off, cleaning it with mild soap/clean water, never keeping it in direct sunlight), it will work hard to bring you all the good things that jade is known for. With each day you continually wear it, its effectiveness becomes stronger, improving health, bringing in prosperity and encouraging wholesome mentality.

As a healing conduit, when a loved one is sick with a cold or the flu, you can leave your jade piece with them so that it will heal them (in addition to typical medical care). Some will leave their jade in a glass of cool water for seven minutes then drink it to gain the jade’s energy (afterwards, the jade will be like a “fresh”/new piece - wearing it after drinking its essence would be starting all over, Day 1). So you see, its powers will be very strong after having worn and taken care of it for years and years.

It is also a common belief that the jade will act like a scapegoat. Once it becomes attuned to you (which it naturally will, as it is meant to balance one’s 기, ki), it will be able to take the brunt of any impending negative situations or disasters. The biggest disaster (e.g. a situation in which you could have died) will cause the jade to break. In that instance, some have formed a nostalgic attachment to their piece and will get it fixed in a “clasp-bangle” manner at a jeweler’s, but the spirit is gone from it. Always replace the broken jade with a “fresh” piece, imo.

Certain jade pieces are “less true”. The top quality ones (and obviously RIDICULOUSLY FUCKING EXPENSIVE) will be harder to find, especially when you’re looking for a reputable source that isn’t stationed overseas. Those Ebay ones that say they’re “certified A grade” for under $400 USD? Yeah, no. Too good to be true. They’re very likely imposter stones (which happen frequently, some will sell other minerals like amazonite and dyed quartz and call it jade) or “less true” jade. Less true jade tends to be anything that isn’t Grade A. They can be chemically dyed, bleached, and treated to make it look prettier than its base form and this means it is also much, much cheaper. Some quick at home tests are to use a knife or scissors to see if you can leave a scratch on the surface. If you cannot feel a groove, it’s likely jade. Another is to warm it up to body temp by holding it for a while, then leaving it alone on a table or something similar for a minute or so. After that, touch it to your upper lip (or tongue, if you insist) and if it’s cool to the touch, it is jade. Obviously the best way to find out is to take it to a pawn shop and jeweler’s to have a look, but sometimes it’s not really worth it unless you’ve spent upwards of a grand.

© Edward Pond

Master Chef Dessert: The French call pound cake quatre-quarts (“four-fourths”) because it is made with equal parts flour, sugar, eggs and butter. Jacques Pépin’s mother, aunt and cousin all have their versions. He likes to fold in candied citrus peels to make a French fruit cake; he also loves plain slices dipped in espresso.

Recipe: Jacques Pépin’s Favorite Pound Cake