Saturday, 7 April 2012

Jasper the Jewel

Another semiprecious gemstone that is loved by many jewellers is jasper. It is simply so versatile because it comes in a great variety of forms. It is basically a chalcedony, but can appear in a whole variety of colours from red, brown, yellow to green & even blue.



Jasper is a calming stone, protective & believed to align chakra energies




It is mentioned in the bible & even ancient egyptians wore jasper scarabs.

The name Jasper comes from the Greek word 'iaspis' - speckled stone.



It is known to be the birthstone for March



There are simply so many types of jasper, I can't name them all, but here's some to getting on with!

bloodstone
imperial
rainforest
poppy
dendritic
ocean jasper
rainbow jasper
red jasper
leopard skin jasper
kambaba jasper


picture
biggs
brecciated
spider web 
hornstone 
zebra


green jasper
fancy jasper
dalmation jasper



Some jaspers are named after their place of origin, such as mookaite - named after the 700,000 acre farm in Australia where it was first found.

6 comments:

  1. Really shows that there's a lot more to jasper than you might think. Great feature and pictures.

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  2. Very interesting! Lovely selection of gorgeous jewellery too!
    Edwina

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  3. Thank you. A lovely stone and so versatile! Pat

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  4. Really interesting blog and so many gorgeous jaspers!

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  5. Thank you so much for including my plum blossom Jasper handbag charm, or key ring!

    I too adore Jasper, it comes in so many varieties, you can always find a stone to match your colour scheme, just beautiful.

    Adore everything you have chosen to feature, but especially Jacqueline's gorgeous necklace.

    Natalie x

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  6. Very interesting and some lovely jewellery.

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