Of all the stones we carry at Seeds of Wellness, there are more varieties of jasper than any other gemstone. However, jasper is actually in the quartz family.
Jasper, meaning ‘spotted stone’ in Greek, can be found in virtually any color and even multicolored. These gemstones can be striped, spotted or flamed in appearance. Scientists classify Jasper in its own category due to the distinctive grainy structure. Twenty percent of jasper’s density can be made of foreign materials causing the stone to be rarely uniform. As an opaque stone, the most common patterns include spots, streaks, rings, marbling, veining, flaming and banding.
Many places in the world contain jasper gemstones, but the most notable deposits are found in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Madagascar, Mexico, Russia, United States, Uruguay and Venezuela. If you want to hunt for jasper in America the best states to find these stones include Arizona, Arkansas, California, Idaho, Oregon, Texas and Washington.
Throughout history, jasper has been worn by priests, kings, warriors and shamans. Egyptians buried Red Jasper with mummified remains to provide safe passage into the after life. Native Americans used jasper to help bring rain. Jasper was also used to carve other gemstones like carnelian and lapis lazuli.
Red is the most common color of jasper due to the iron oxide in the stone. Other common colors are brown and yellow. While unicolored jasper is extremely rare, it has occurred. Jasper is associated with the zodiac signs Aries (Bloodstone), Aquarius (Rainforest Jasper), Capricorn (Ocean Jasper), Leo (Picture Jasper), Libra (Bloodstone) and Pisces (Ocean Jasper) and is the stone for October (jasper) and February (Bloodstone). Jasper names come from the color, similarities to places and animals, from the regions where they were mined or for the name of the person who discovered them.
While the energy of jasper varies from one jasper stone to another, the ‘supreme nurturer’ fits for all jasper stones as well as the ability to balance and stabilize the root chakra’s energy. Jasper also provides protection by absorbing negative energy and banishing harmful thoughts.
Due to jasper’s durability, it can be cleaned with warm soapy water and a soft cloth or brush. Be sure to rinse the gemstones well to remove all the soap. Do not use any harsh chemicals on jasper stones, because they are porous and easily stained and discolored.
Seeds of Wellness sells the following jasper gemstones:
- Brecciated Jasper (contains Hematite)
- Leopardskin Jasper
- Mookaite Jasper (many times Jasper is not added to the name)
- Ocean Jasper (also called Sea Jasper)
- Picture Jasper
- Rainforest Jasper
- Red Jasper
- Unakite Jasper (many times Jasper is not added to the name)
- Zebra Jasper (also called Zebra Stone)
Come into the store to learn more.
- “Jasper Gemstone Information” by GemSelect (http://www.gemselect.com/gem-info/jasper/jasper-info.php)
- “Your On-Line Guide to the Healing Energies, Metaphysical Properties, Legendary Uses and Meaning of Jasper” by Crystal Vaults (https://www.crystalvaults.com/crystal-encyclopedia/jasper)