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Learn More About Jasper Gemstones

Let’s Get To Know Jasper Gemstones

Jasper is a dense type of Chalcedony that is actually a microcrystalline variety of Quartz. The intricate patterns that differentiate each stone and its affordability make this a much sought-after material for jewelry. 

 

Jasper

 

Where Is Jasper Mined From?

Several regions from around the world are sources of Jasper – the USA, Uruguay, Venezuela, Brazil, Australia, Madagascar, Egypt, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Russia and India.

Certain varieties of this stone are indigenous to particular localities. Examples would be India which produces most Bloodstone, and Australia which is the only source of Mookaite.

 

More Jasper Facts

  • The name Jasper itself describes one of the main distinguishing features of this mineral, which is the unique color patterns. It comes from the old French word Jaspre which means “spotted or flecked stone”.
  • Natural Jasper is believed to be reddish, yellow or brown in color. It is the impurities present in the rock that bring in other colors. The diffusion of these impurities penetrate fractures in the natural minerals and create spectacular color patterns that make each Jasper gemstone exclusive.
  • The numerous varieties of Jasper gemstones have interesting and thought-provoking names. Some refer to geographical settings (Ocean Jasper, Rainforest Jasper).
  • Others have whimsical names (Rainbow Jasper) or names that describe the stone itself (Dalmation Jasper, Picture Jasper)
  • Jasper was a much-favored stone in ancient civilizations, especially in Arabia, Persia, and Greece, as it was believed to be a stone of protection.

 

How Can Jasper Help You?

Jasper is known as “The Nurturing Stone” and is credited with the gift of promoting relaxation, comfort and gentleness. It radiates positive energy, bringing with it courage, protection and prosperity.

 

Exquisite Jasper Jewelry

The Ashanti Jewels collections offer you an array of Jasper gemstone earrings, pendants and necklaces in colors that will truly amaze you.

Match your favorite outfits with an item of 925 Sterling Silver or 14 Karat Gold Filled jewelry that will last a lifetime.

Makes a great gift idea as well, especially for those born in March since Jasper is the birthstone of that month.

All purchases come to you beautifully gift wrapped and ready to be presented. 

 

Chemical Formula

SiO2

Color

White, Blue, Red, Green, Yellow, Orange, Brown, Gray, Black, Banded, Multicolored

Hardness

6.5 - 7

Crystal System

Hexagonal

Refractive Index

1.54 - 1.55

SG

2.63 - 2.65

Transparency

Opaque

Double Refraction

.009

Luster

Vitreous

Cleavage

Indiscernible

Mineral Class

Quartz (Chalcedony)

 

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