Apr 2, 2014

A to Z of Gemstones - J is for Jasper

Jasper is one of the many gemstone varieties of quartz available today. The name 'jasper' is derived from the Greek word for 'spotted stone', referring to its typical multicolored, striped, spotted or flamed appearance. Jasper can form in virtually any color. Jasper is usually considered a chalcedony, but some scientists classify jasper as a separate type because of its distinctive grainy structure.

The most common jasper patterns include interesting marbling and veining, orbital rings, streaks, spots, flaming and banding. Jasper comes in all colors, mostly striped, spotted or flamed. There is no recommendation for color, although red, caused by traces of iron oxide, is one of the most common colors. Brown and yellow are also commonly occurring colors for jasper.

Jasper gemstones can be found in many locations around the world. Some of the most notable deposits are sourced from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Madagascar, Mexico, Russia, Uruguay, Venezuela and the United States of America.

Jasper was a favourite in the ancient world, and it can be traced back in Hebrew, Assyrian, Persian, Greek and Latin.

Jasper is the zodiacal stone for Leo, Virgo and Scorpio. It is a planetary stone for Mars and is associated with the element of fire. For Native American Indians it is a sacred stone that is used for performances of and adherence to the "old ways" rituals.


Pictured above are my Peridot Jasper and Gold Pod Earrings made with 14k gold fill wire. Please find below some more examples of Jasper Jewellery from members of the 'Jewelry on Etsy' team.





TheSilverBear said...

Well done - a great write-up! And thanks for the inclusion!

Val Swanson said...

Wonderful article. Thank you for including my cuff bracelet.

jemsbyjb said...

Wonderful article. thanks for featuring our necklace. Great information.


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