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An opaque chalcedony that is mainly red, orange, green, brown, black, white or grey. Sometimes even blue or purple. There are other types of Jasper including mookaite, orbicular jasper, starry jasper, picture jasper and brecciated jasper.
Physical Energy Properties: Great for minor illnesses such as colds and flu. Also beneficial to the stomach, bladder, spleen, kidneys and liver. Good for calming nerves and balancing the neurological system because it doesn’t over stimulate the body. Helps the lungs and bronchitis. Reduces the effects of electromagnetic radiation and pollution.
Emotional Energy Properties: Alleviates loneliness and reminds us that we are not alone in the universe. Encourages honesty and the strength to get through times of hardship. Puts ideas into action and aids in staying organized. Supports you in stressful times and provides nurturing energy.
Chakras: Related to the Root chakra, Sacral chakra and the Solar Plexus chakra, but can depend on colour. Red Jasper would correlate to the Root chakra, orange jasper to the Sacral chakra, yellow jasper to the Solar Plexus chakra and so on.
Astrological signs: Related to Leo.
History: The name Jasper means spotted rock, and it has been mentioned in the bible. In the 4th and 5th century jasper was used in making bow drills. It was also used to make seals in Knossos on Minoan Crete back in 1800 BC. Black Jasper was used in testing gold-silver alloys to see how much gold was in them. They would rub the composite on the jasper stone called a touchstone and the streak left behind would determine how much gold was in the alloy.
Where it's found: Jasper is found all over the world in sedimentary and metamorphic rocks. Found mainly in North Africa, Sicily, and Germany.
Variations, Rarity and Value: Most of the Jasper on the market is natural and they are not enhanced in any way. Sometimes Jasper is dyed to bring out the natural colours. It has a vitreous lustre and rates a 6.5 to 7 on the Moh's hardness scale. Usually listed as opaque but when held up to the light it can be translucent. Patterned stones are generally the most valued and these patterns are caused by water and wind mixing with sediment and volcanic ash. The colours depend on where the stones are located.
How to use it: Wear in jewelry over long periods of time as it works slowly to assimilate in your system. Place it in your home to absorb negative energy. Place on different chakras or areas of the body.
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