DESERT JASPER (POLYCHROME JASPER)
Polychrome Jasper (also called Desert Jasper) is a delightful new find from Madagascar! It was discovered by geologists in 2006 while searching for the currently mined out Ocean Jasper. It was named for its multi colors.
Jasper, a form of chalcedony, is an opaque, impure variety of silica, usually red, yellow, brown or green in color. Blue is rare. This mineral breaks with a smooth surface, and is used for ornamentation or as a gemstone. It can be highly polished and is used for vases, seals, and at one time for snuff boxes. When the colors are in stripes or bands, it is called striped or banded jasper. Jaspilite is a banded iron formation rock that often has distinctive bands of jasper. Jasper is basically chert which owes its red color to iron (III) inclusions. The specific gravity of jasper is typically 2.5 to 2.9. The jasper is also a stone in the Jewish High Priest's breastplate, described in Exodus 28.
Physical properties of Jasper:
Stone Type/Family: Silicates
Crystal System: Trigonal
Chemical Composition: SiO2 Silicon Dioxide with various inclusions/impurities
Color: Usually red, brown or yellow and colored by oxides of iron.
Fun Fact: "Brecciated" is defined as material (Red Jasper in this case) that was broken at some time during its growth. During the healing process, whole quartz formed in the previously broken veins. The final product is a rusty red stone with white streaks and web like patterns.
Metaphysical guide of Jasper:
Protection, Balance, Creativity
Primary Chakra: Varies by type and color
Astrological sign(s): Leo
Vibration: Number 6
Jasper is known as the “supreme nurturer”. It sustains and supports during times of stress, bringing a sense of tranquility and wholeness. Used in healing, it unifies all aspects of your life.
Jasper is often used to facilitate dreaming/dream recall and shamanic journeys. It is a stone of protection, absorbing all types of negative energies.
Jasper helps to balance and align the physical, mental and emotional bodies with the etheric realm. Jasper is a stone of courage and determination. It can often help those who need more focus, organization abilities, and motivation to follow through. Jasper stimulates creativity and imagination, transforming ideas into action.