Jasper is a member of the chalcedony family. The name is derived from the Greek language meaning "spotted stone." Jasper is an opaque, impure variety of silica, usually red, yellow, brown or green in color; and rarely blue. The common red color is due to iron inclusions.
Each Jasper stone is unique in nature due to its appearance, and the appeal of this gemstone lies in its patterns and formations. Varieties are named by the appearance of the stone, the locality where it was mined or its composition. The names tend to change with fashion and are somewhat inconsistent. Some familiar varieties would be moukaite, picture or scenic jasper, ocean jasper and leopard jasper.
Acknowledged as the “supreme nurturer”, Jasper is supposed to bring wholeness and peace in life by absorbing all the negativity that the mind and body of a human being holds. It is considered to balance the Yin and Yang.
CARING FOR JASPER
Jasper is a fairly hard stone, perfect for statement pieces like bracelets, necklaces, or cocktail rings. Jasper can be easily cleaned with warm, soapy water and a soft brush or cloth.