‘Who wears a Jasper, be life short or long, Will meet all dangers brave and wise and strong.’
The name Jasper itself originated from the greek for ‘spotted or speckled one’, presumably due to the natural spotted, multicolored or striped appearance the stone typically holds. Common patterns within the Jasper include interesting vein like marbling, spots, varies of streaks and flaming.
by ruby loveridge
...‘Who wears a Jasper, be life short or long, will meet all dangers brave and wise and strong.’
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Usually, Jasper is considered to be a chalcedony; as it is a form of it, however some scientists class Jasper as a separate kind because of its distinctive structure. When highly polished, Jasper is used for many things, including vases, seals and snuff boxes.
Coming in a variety of colours, from red, being the most common, to yellow, brown, or green; though rare for a Jasper to be naturally blue, banding and other colour mixtures are not unusual when it comes to Jasper. With the many colours and patterns Jasper can show, it’s no wonder many trademark and commercial names for certain stones have been created, for example; ‘poppy Jasper’ is both known for its beautiful appearance and promising mystical properties.
It is believed that the stone holds the ability to inspire a more joyful and positive attitude within a person and is believed to give one a determined, driven and motivated mind-set, often awakening a creative energy within a person. ‘landscape (and/or) picture Jasper’, which is mostly famous for its capturing and alluring view, the name given to it for it’s obvious beauty within its appearance. Throughout time the stone has been believed to be strongly connected to the Earth and all its elements, otherwise known for being ‘rain bringers’ and nurturers. With all beliefs regarding healing properties connected to the stone, one theory is mentioned more than once; the belief that the stone acts as a talisman in which inspires the wearer to embrace their more intuitive side and is known for encouraging repressed emotions and thoughts to resurface, thus allowing the wearer to become in tune with their emotions after having rid themselves of all negative feelings they may have repressed, giving off a harmonic balance once the wearer has released all repressed emotions.
‘leopard Jasper’ is a lesser known, though still as equally beautiful, form of Jasper. It is thought that this stone in particular is supposedly meant to help one tap into their more inner-self to help them on the road of spiritual discovery and has the ability to help you channel and connect with your spirit animal, or in a different term, your spiritual animal totem. It is also said that the leopard Jasper in particular is believed to assist in self-healing, which could be helpful with those more intiutive readers out there. Other names are lizard stone jasper, bat cave jasper, bruneau jasper, orbicular jasper, ocean jasper, rose eye jasper, royal plume jasper, wonderstone, poly chrome jasper. Jasper is part of the very large Chalcedony Quartz mineral family, quartz being one of the most bountiful minerals, falling into a close second to the feldspars. Due to the very large amount of quartz minerals, it’s only natural that there are a number of varieties that are either similar or closely related. Similar to agate, jasper has numerous names and while it may be confusing, never fear, most are usually used only by the most avid collectors, fans and dealers. Though there are too many to name, there are a few infamous stones that are similar to Jasper, for example some of the most obvious would be; agate, onyx, golden quartz or one of my personal favourites, rose quartz.
Frequently found and mined in many places worldwide, Jasper is most commonly discovered in places such as Australia, Brazil, Egypt, India, Canada and the United States of America, particularly in states such as Arizona, Idaho, Texas and Arkansas. Alongside Heliotrope (moonstone), jasper is one of the traditional birthstones for March and is also believed to be the mystical birthstone of the month October. Jasper was a popular stone back in ancient times and is often referred to in Jewish, Egyptian and Greek literature and has been mentioned numerous times in the bible.
Jasper is known as the ‘supreme nurturer’ and is believed to be closely connected with Earth and its nature, in particular it was believed that once wearing the stone, it helped one feel more grounded and level-headed, which could be why the stone, for many other reasons is thought to be linked with the Earth. It was also worn as a talisman for protection, often worn by shaman due to this belief as well as it being thought to have helped them in their magical practices.
The ancient Orphic Lithica states “The gods propitious hearken to his prayers, Whoe’er the polished grass green jasper wears; His parched glebe they’ll satiate with rain, And send for showers to soak the thirsty plain.
Jasper was used for healing purposes just as much as mystical, as it was used in the treatment of deterioration in the tissues of the internal organs. Though it is not certain whether these remedies worked and that the stone in fact had the ability to assist in such illnesses, we do know that just the mere hope of being healed could encourage one’s recovery, thus helping them heal, even if it were not physically. Also it was renown in the 4th century to drawn the venom if bitten by poisonous creatures.
Though some types of Jasper may possess different and numerous qualities, all in all the stone itself is not just captivating but also extremely interesting, with it’s fellow ‘gems’, Jasper has a long history that dates back to ancient times, and even then the stone was held with high authority.
So whether you’re looking for a stone to help your creative side flow, to assist you in healing or to merely try out these beliefs for yourself; there’s no doubt this gem is highly desired, for more reasons that just one. So don’t be afraid to make a sneaky purchase if one catches your eye, it’s more than likely to assist you on catching the eyes of many others wearing a stone that is so stunning.
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