CHESTNUT JASPER, RED JASPER
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. 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 Chestnut Jasper:
Stone Type/Family: Member of the Chalcedony clan, Quartz family, Silicates Class
Crystal System: Trigonal
Chemical Composition: (SiO2 + Fe, O) Silicon Dioxide with inclusions of Iron Oxide
Color: Various shades of Red
Fun Fact: According to romantic legend, Mark Antony had a Red Jasper seal ring which he used to mark and seal his letters to Cleopatra.
Metaphysical guide of Chestnut Jasper:
Nurturing, Grounding, Stabilizing
Primary Chakra: Root, Sacral
Astrological sign(s): Aries, Scorpio
Vibration: Number 6
Many use Red Jasper as a calming stone and to stimulate the Root Chakra. Some Native American cultures consider Red Jasper to symbolize the blood of the Earth, making it particularly sacred. Red Jasper is full of grounding Earth energy. Red Jasper can connect one deeply to the vibrations of the Earth, bringing a greater understanding of the necessity of natural events. You can use Jasper to further your knowledge of the connection between humans and nature.
A gentle stone, Red Jasper works slowly and effectively, and is a great stone to ground anyone who is overly sensitive to crystalline energy. Red Jasper aids in resolving difficult situations and can be used to ground and stabilize the Aura. Using Jasper can bring helpful insights into view that can help to progress toward set goals, or to understand why a change may be necessary. Red Jasper is a staple of the medicine bag.
In general, Jasper is known as the “supreme nurturer”. It sustains and supports during times of stress, and brings tranquility and wholeness. Used in healing, Jasper unifies all aspects of your life. Jasper reminds people to help each other.