Product Code : 7273 Stone Name : Natural Jasper Size : L-22 x B-22 x H-7 MM Weight : 24 Carats
Jasper (Silicon dioxide) is another name for certain types of chalcedony. It comes in a variety of colors, from brown and reddish brown to dark green and bloodstone and also occurs in gray and blue. Banding and other color mixtures are not unusual. Jasper is a close relative of agate, and there are some varieties, such as jaspagate and jasponyx, which it is difficult to classify. Jasper which contains hematite is sometimes called jaspillite, and brown jasper with yellow flecks is vabanite. Brecciated jasper (contains angular fragments) is called creolin, and Egyptian pebbles are nodules of yellow-brown jasper. Light green jasper may be referred to as plasma, and dark green is prase. Basanite, a fine-grained black jasper, is used as a touch stone to determine the purity of metals. (When the metal is rubbed on the stone, an assessment is made from the color of the streak. Other forms of jasper include darlingite, herbeckite, torrelite, and xyloid, but because there is no clear distinction between jasper, agate, chalcedony, onyx, and carnelian, these terms may be used interchangeably.
It is important to note that a stone called German lapis or Swiss lapis is in fact a blue-dyed jasper, and green-dyed jasper is known as Swiss jade or molochite. Other stained jaspers are sometimes referred to as Italian lapis.
Early writers claimed that a bit of jasper worn at the neck would strengthen the stomach. Writers of the eighteenth century extolled the virtues of green jasper (bloodstone). (Medicinal jasper prescribed in the Middle Ages was described as a grass green stone and so may have been chrysoprase.) It would stop bleeding and prevent bladder stones, especially when engraved with the figure of a scorpion at the time when the sun was entering the sign of Scorpio. It cured epilepsy and stomach pains. Fourteenth century writers asserted that carving jasper into the form of a dog, stag, or huntsman would allow the bearer to cure demonic possession. This possibly derived from the thirteenth century belief that the stone itself was holy, especially engraved with the sign of Mars or Daphne (a maiden with a laurel branch). Both Galen and Dioscorides suggested the stone tied to a woman’s thigh for easy, and painless childbirth, and it protects during the pregnancy as well. Anyone wearing jasper was safe from drowning, lung disease, and attacks by scorpions.
Jasper is known as the “supreme nurturer.” It helps remind its bearer that they are here on this plane for more than just themselves. They are here also to bring joy and peace to others. The gem lets its wearer accept and revel in being alone. The physical, emotional, and intellectual selves are balanced by jasper. It enhances mental functioning while steering the mind away from harmful thoughts.
It is a protective stone, especially shamans, as it corresponds to the solar plexus chakra and helps align the other chakras. In Native American traditions, jasper is a sacred stone and enforces adherence and performance of the old ways. Jasper which contains yellow is protective for both physical and astral traveler, and red jasper aids with health, rebirth, and creativity. Blue jasper helps connect to the “Other World.” For astral travel, the ancients would place one stone over the heart and one over the navel chakras. It also assists in maintaining one’s energy levels during a long fast.
As a general tonic, a piece of jasper may be left in water for two to three days. The water is then drunk as a health elixir. Jasper, especially red jasper, is helpful in relieving negativity, but the stone can become “tired” and then must be cleansed of its negative charge. This may be done in a variety of ways. The stone can be left in a bowl of sea salt for a few days. It may be washed in lemon and water. It may be washed in moon water (water left on the windowsill to soak up the light of a the full moon), or it can be left on the windowsill in the light of a full moon.
The treatment of tissue degeneration of the internal organs may be facilitated by the use of jasper. It is helpful in degenerative disorders of the kidneys, spleen, bladder, liver, and stomach. The sense of smell may also be restored through the use of jasper, and it soothes the nerves. Jasper assists in regulating the mineral content of the body.