FOUND IN: AUSTRALIA, BRAZIL, CANADA, EGYPT, INDIA, KAZAKHSTAN, MADAGASCAR, RUSSIA, URUGUAY & USA.
Jasper is an opaque and fine grained variety of Chalcedony. It is found in all colors including: red, brown, pink, yellow, green, grey/white and shades of blue and purple.
It often contains organic material and mineral oxides which give it interesting patterns, bands and colors. Many of these patterns resemble landscapes with mountains and valleys, thus the name “picture” is part of the name of many well know jaspers.
Jasper was a favorite gem in ancient times and is referenced in Greek, Hebrew, Assyrian and Latin literature.
Found worldwide, a wide variety of named jaspers is found in the western areas of the Unites States; California, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming and Washington.
A strong protection gemstone, red jasper is known to protect against hazards of the night. Red jasper is very lucky for actors. Jasper is one of the oldest known gemstones. It is mentioned in the Bible several times. Jasper is a strong securing gemstone. It is a stability gemstone. It is a powerful protection against things that are not good for you and it eases emotional stresses, making it a wonderful gemstone to have in your home.
Jasper gives one the courage to speak out and have personal independence. It also protects from fears in the night. Red jasper is thought to help balance the energy in the body. All jaspers help balance the emotional energy in the body.
Jasper comes in many colors. All colors of Jasper will help balance the vibrations of the body. Jasper is slow to show a change to the person, but is such a basic “good” stone that one should always have it on hand.
Red Jasper helps with the sense of smell. It also promotes physical energy.
Jaspers of all kinds have long been attributed magical powers in just about every culture known to man.
Color: All colors, mostly stripped or spotted
Color of streak: White, Yellow, Brown, Red
Moh’s hardness: 6½-7
Specific gravity: 2.58-2.91
Crystal system: Hexagonal (Trigonal), Microcrystalline, Grainy Aggregates
Chemical composition: SiO2 Silicon Dioxide
Refractive index: About 1.54
Double refraction: None
Absorption spectrum: Not usable