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Jasper - SiO2

Jasper

Mineral Profile:






Attributes:

Jasper is a microcrystalline variety of quartz commonly found in sedimentary rocks, often associated with volcanic activity.


Grades:

Regarded as a semiprecious gemstone, jasper is frequently utilized in jewelry-making due to its vibrant colors and distinctive patterns.


Colors:

Varied and earthy, jasper comes in an array of hues, including red, brown, yellow, green, and sometimes blue. Its patterns may include spots, stripes, or swirls. Luster:

Ranges from dull to vitreous, depending on the specific type of jasper, enhancing its unique aesthetic appeal.


Rarity:

Common, but certain varieties of jasper, particularly those with rare coloration or distinct patterns, can be considered more valuable among collectors.


Country of Origin:

Found globally, major sources include the United States (particularly in Oregon and California), Brazil, India, and Madagascar. Various jasper styles and colours are found across australia. In Amamore Queensland there is an entire river made of red jasper, which once held spiritual significance to Aboriginal communities as a feminine space, complete with birthing pools.


Formation:

Typically forms in sedimentary environments, where silica-rich fluids permeate and replace organic materials over extended periods. Hardness:

Ranges from 6.5 to 7 on the Mohs scale, providing jasper with durability suitable for various applications.


Chemical Composition:

Primarily composed of silica (SiO2) with traces of other minerals, such as iron oxides and hydroxides, contributing to its diverse color palette.


Crystal System:

Microcrystalline, lacking a well-defined crystal structure.


History:

Jasper derives its name from the Greek word "iaspis" and has been prized for its ornamental and healing properties since ancient times. It has a rich history of cultural significance across various civilizations.


Health Information:

Considered safe for handling, but as with any lapidary material, precautions should be taken to avoid inhaling dust during cutting and polishing.


Intended Healing:

Associated with various chakras depending on the specific color, jasper is often used for grounding, protection, and promoting a sense of stability. Its diverse colors are believed to have different metaphysical properties, ranging from enhancing courage to fostering emotional balance. Always approach the metaphysical aspects with individual interpretation and discretion.

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