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.