Jasper is a popular gemstone that’s been coveted for thousands of years. Green jasper has been used for millennia to craft jewelry and trinkets. So what’s so special about jasper?
Jasper occurs in many colors and varieties and is a gorgeous gemstone. It is also rumored to have healing properties.
In this article, learn all about jasper properties. We’ll introduce you to the main kinds of jasper, and if you’re interested in crystal healing, we’ll cover how the different jasper varieties are thought to provide healing.
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What is jasper?
Jasper is a gemstone made of microcrystalline quartz, chalcedony, and other minerals in different proportions. Chalcedony is similar to quartz—made up of the same chemical (silicon dioxide) but with a different crystal structure.
The name “jasper” comes from the Latin iaspis and means “speckled or spotted stone.” It was a favored gemstone in ancient civilizations, being used to craft seals and other items.
There are several different kinds of jasper, each with a different set of supposed properties.
The jasper gemstone is variable. Different kinds of inclusions can give the gemstone a wide range of colors and properties.
Jasper naturally occurs in virtually every color. The most common varieties are green jasper, yellow jasper, and red jasper. Blue jasper is the rarest variety.
According to some, the healing properties of jasper depend a lot on its color. For instance, different colored jasper will correspond with a different chakra and provide different kinds of healing.
Red jasper usually has iron inclusions which produce the deep red color of the Australian outback. Red jasper is a grounding stone that stimulates the base chakra. A red jasper stone is calming and detoxifying.
Yellow jasper has a mustard yellow appearance which is caused by iron content within the gemstone. Yellow jasper is an incredible yellow gemstonethat supposedly aligns with and stimulates the solar plexus chakra. Because of this, yellow jasper is also supposed to be a calming and protective stone.
Green jasper can range from very light green to dark green and is fully opaque. When it comes to crystal healing, green jasper is the pick of the litter. Supposedly a very healing gemstone, it aligns with the heart chakra and helps heal disease and return wholeness to the body.
Blue jasper, the rarest color of jasper, is thought to stimulate the throat chakra and provide healing properties as well. Blue jasper can come in virtually any shade of blue and is one of the most interesting blue gemstones.
Picture jasper is one of the most famous kinds of jasper. When picture jasper is cut, it shows complex patterns that look like scenes in a painting. The patterns and colors of picture jasper depend on where it’s found. This is because environmental changes create the patterns during the formation of the picture jasper.
Picture jasper is a highly grounding stone that is supposed to help you deal with suppressed feelings.
Brecciated jasper, also known as broken jasper, is jasper that contains hematite. It’s called brecciated jasper because of its appearance of smaller parts being “glued” together. Red brecciated jasper (called poppy jasper) is the most popular variety.
Brecciated jasper is linked to the base chakra, just like red jasper.
Rainbow jasper, despite the name, is usually a mix of brown, red, and gold colors in bands. The bands in rainbow jasper come from organic matter that was included during the formation of the gemstone.
Bloodstone, also known as heliotrope, is a kind of green jasper with red spots. Bloodstone is one of the traditional birthstones for March. The more red spots in a bloodstone, the more valuable it is. Bloodstone is often used in carvings or tumbled stone jewelry.
Orbicular jasper is also known as ocean jasper. It’s called orbicular jasper because it includes inclusions of quartz and feldspar that look like orbs. Orbicular jasper is only found on the shores of Madagascar.
Is jasper for you?
If the metaphysical properties of jasper are to be believed, then jasper is a powerful stone indeed. Different varieties of jasper are supposed to stimulate the root chakra, base chakra, sacral chakra, heart chakra, and solar plexus chakra, providing different kinds of healing.
Some of the alleged healing properties of the crystal include:
Being a protective stone
Being a grounding stone
Removing negative energy
Connecting you to Earth energy
Being calming; helping you to achieve tranquility
While crystal healing is debatable, jasper is a beautiful gemstone with multiple uses in making jewelry, trinkets, and ornaments. If it provides you with comfort and happiness, then there’s nothing wrong with that!
And, with jasper being available in virtually every color and some incredible patterns, there’s sure to be a jasper gemstone that you find beautiful.