Jasper is an opaque rock of virtually any colour, stemming from the mineral content of the original sediments. It is usually red, beige, yellow, brown or green in colour and rarely blue.
Jasper is known to have been a favourite gem in the Ancient World because its name can be traced back in Arabic, Persian, Hebrew, Assyrian, Greek and Latin, meaning “spotted or speckled stone”.
In Ancient Egypt, Red Jasper was linked to fertility and was also used to drive away evil spirits and protect against snake and spider bites. Many amulets made from Jasper were found in Egypt with inscriptions to protect the wearer.
The Ancient Greeks and Romans also valued Jasper believing it would ease the pain of childbirth if tied to the woman’s thigh.
On Minoan Crete, Jasper was carved to produce seals as early as 1800 BC as evidenced by archaeological recoveries at the palace of Knossos.
Jasper is a wonderful stone to work with in jewellery because of its infinite variety in colours and patterns and it can be highly polished.
Jasper is also said to provide protection and grounds energies in the body, it absorbs negative energy, cleanses and aligns the chakras and balances yin and yang elements.
📷 Raw Beige Picture Jasper
📷 Beige Picture Jasper
📷 Red Jasper Ancient Egyptian amulet, 13th century BC, Louvre Museum, Paris
📷 Green Jasper, Digging Dolls
📷 Yellow Jasper, Paleo Direct
📷 Blue Jasper, Bead Spider
📷 Mookaite Jasper