Jade Gua Sha or Rose Quartz Gua Sha?

Jade Gua Sha or Rose Quartz Gua Sha?

Below we explain step by step the differences between the rose quartz gua sha and the jade gua sha.

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Jade Crystal versus Rose Quartz Crystal

Both Jade Gua Sha and the Rose Quartz Gua Sha are hand carved directly from non-porous crystal. This means they will not absorb any creams or oils they are used with and should therefore remain very hygienic with proper care.

Rose quartz is slightly harder than jade and more difficult to carve as it is more likely to break. This added difficulty in carving is the main reason why real rose quartz gua sha is usually slightly more expensive than jade gua sha.

Due to its slightly different crystal structure, rose quartz gua sha may appear smoother than some jade gua sha. They can produce an almost mirror-like finish when carved well.

Note that many jade and rose quartz makers now chemically treat their crystals before carving to make them softer and easier to carve. This makes them easier to manufacture and therefore cheaper. This process is definitely not recommended for a tool that will come in contact with your skin and can alter the chemical structure of the crystal.

Also look out for jade, which appears to have a more matte finish and is less shiny. There is an increased likelihood that it is in fact ‘fake jade’, a more serpentine shaped stone typically imported from the Afghan region often via India. The problem with fake jade, in addition to being mis-sold as jade, is that the color will leach out of it over time.

Traditional beliefs about jade and spiritual properties of rose quartz

There is some evidence that scraping therapies like the Gua Sha existed in other traditional cultures such as Egypt and Greece, but it was in China that the knowledge and use of Gua Sha really peaked.

Rose quartz was not used to make gua sha in China because it was not widely available. Gua sha was made from a variety of items such as bone and horn to treat the body and jade gua sha was reserved for only the truly wealthy and powerful.

Jade was expensive in ancient China (often more valuable than gold), but it also became a symbol of wealth and position that transcended its mere physical value. Brooches denoting position were often made from it, and possession of luxurious items such as the jade gua sha symbolized success.

Jade was also believed to have the ability to improve the flow of qi or energy in the treated areas. Wrinkles and blemishes have often been seen as blocking this natural flow of energy. By restoring the natural flow of energy to the face or other skin, you would not only reduce wrinkles and increase skin glow, but also improve body health by ensuring a harmonious flow of energy.

This belief in jade crystal’s ability to increase qi flow is the main reason jade gua sha were stored in silk lined boxes as it was believed that storing them in silk would enhance this qi flow.

Rose quartz crystal is traditionally associated with love. Many modern spiritual practitioners believe that contact with rose quartz crystals opens the heart and increases love in relationships.

This belief goes back to ancient legends. Several ancient Greek stories tell of rose quartz’s association with love. One tells us that rose quartz was given to the people of Eros and Cupid to inspire love among us. Another, the white quartz, was actually stained pink by the blood of Aphrodite, who pricked herself on a thorn bush while rushing to the aid of her lover Adonis.

How to use the Jade Gua Sha versus the Rose Quartz Gua Sha

As mentioned earlier, there is a long and honorable history of using Gua Sha for cosmetic purposes in China. In this story, detailed treatment procedures have been developed to work with the energy flow in the face to improve appearance and enhance a natural glow. These techniques can be examined in detail at the Anti-Aging Videos available with the Crystal Roller face packs.

These ancient traditions do not exist as rose quartz gua sha is a fairly modern adaptation. Fortunately, the Jade Gua Sha treatment procedures can be easily applied to the Rose Quartz Gua Sha, creating a ready-made treatment protocol.

Conclusion – What works better?

There is no clear winner between the two products. Both visibly improve the complexion, reduce swelling and wrinkles and effectively smooth fine lines.

The jade gua sha is the more traditional form of gua sha with a venerable history, while the rose quartz gua sha will appeal more to those interested in the crystal’s reported spiritual properties (or those who simply prefer pink).

Ultimately it comes down to personal preference. The important thing is that you buy the product you prefer and then use it regularly. This way you will see the results that have made this unusual beauty tool such a long-lasting addition to so many exotic beauty routines.

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