Stone or rock, is a naturally occurring solid aggregate of one or more minerals or mineraloids. They have been used by mankind throughout history. From the Stone Age, stones have been used for tools. The minerals and metals found in stones have been essential to human civilization.
Jade is an ornamental rock. The term jade is applied to two different metamorphic rocks that are composed of different silicate minerals: nephrite and jadeite. Nephrite and jadeite were used from prehistoric periods for hardstone carving. Jadeite has about the same hardness as quartz. Nephrite is slightly softer, but is tougher (more resistant to breakage) than jadeite.