How to Tell Jade From Soapstone | Our Pastimes
The term "jade" is used to refer to a number of minerals. Adding to the confusion is the fact that the Chinese word for jade, "yu," legitimately refers to a range of minerals that include soapstone. In Chinese, soapstone is called "lao yu" or "old jade." Gemologists, collectors and minerologists, however, limit the term jade to nephrite or jadeite.