Jasper is an opaque stone in the quartz family which usually has spots, stripes, or plumes of color in it. It often occurs as aggregates of chalcedony and microcrystalline quartz. Its name is derived from the Greek iaspis, meaning “spotted stone”. Any color you can imagine is possible to find in jasper, and the pattern variations are equally endless. Some common variants include ocean jasper (also known as orbicular jasper), rainforest jasper, red creek jasper, landscape (or picture) jasper, and fancy jasper (also sometimes referred to as Indian agate).

It has a Mohs hardness of 6.5 to 7 and a trigonal (microcrystalline) crystal structure.

Location: Jasper is mined in many countries, including Canada, Australia, Brazil, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Madagascar, Mexico, Russia, Uruguay, Venezuela and the United States.

Properties: Jasper is a stone of balance, nurturing, awareness, and protection. It helps cultivate acceptance of solitude through the realization of connectedness to all things. Jasper can help to keep energies up during activities or events that involve exhaustion or fatigue, especially for long durations.

Ocean Jasper is characterized as a stone of positivity and uplifting energies. It helps us take life less seriously, approaching it with humour and levity. This also makes it easier to notice and appreciate all the blessings we have in our lives. It alleviates stress and discourages escapism through focusing us on the moment right in front of us. It also facilitates connections in groups of people, encouraging everyone to relax and enjoy whatever process they’re engaged in.

Landscape jasper aids in inner journeying and brings hidden thoughts and feelings to light to be processed. Rainforest jasper increases connectivity with Nature and all it has to teach. Fancy jasper encourages temperance and prudence, making it easier to face the doldrums of daily life.

Some believe jasper can be used to aid in treatment of deterioration of various internal organs, soothing nerves, and balancing minerals in the body.

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