From the Greek ‘iaspis’ and the Latin ‘jaspidem’, Jasper stone means speckled or spotted stone. In prehistoric times, this stone was used for crafting tools. In France, jasper tools are still being unearthed in Britanny and Fontmaure.
Later during the Middle Ages, many Christians deemed red jasper stone ‘the stone of martyrs’ and used it to theatricalize Christ’s crucifixion. In equal proportions, this stone has been extensively exploited for the crafting of cups, and as decoration for religious buildings and for other religious ornaments.
Jasper stone is a common stone that can be found in great abundance. Jasper can be of volcanic or sedimentary origin and is primarily made up silica (over 80%). It belongs to the monocrystalline quartz group.
A quartz of a metallic shade, jasper stone is not transparent as its dominant mineral is iron. Its stalactites can only be opaque. Jasper displays two different formations:
All colours are known and recognised. It also features many other forms which can at times make it difficult to identify. Jasper is noted for being rather polished in appearance and is less vivid than many other stones. Jasper is found at its purest in a solid colour. Blood jasper is the most well-known as it displays a very polished appearance and features red speckles.
The primary deposits of jasper stone are found all around the globe but the most well-known today are in Germany, Brazil, the United States, France, India, Madagascar, the Urals and in Russia.
Jasper stone is known for its powerful litho therapeutic abilities. To use its magical powers, it must be worn regularly. It’s abilities include, among others: creating emotional equilibrium, developing your self esteem and respect, as well as your assertion and communication skills. It can be worn as a red jasper pendant, or closer to the skin as a landscape jasper necklace or even a red jasper bracelet. Jasper’s effects vary depending on the colour as they correspond to the colour of the chakras.
Jasper Stone’s colours and varieties include: