from the Old French "jaspre" (spotted or speckled stone)
Jasper stones belong to the chalcedony category. This beautiful mineral offers a
smooth surface and can easily break.
A long time ago, between 5000-4000 BC, green jasper was found in the ancient bow
drills produced to create fire.
Jasper is often found in red, yellow and brown, but the green and blue pieces are the
rarest and most valuable. The common red jasper, used in many decorative objects
and ornaments, owes its color to iron.
This opaque gem usually shows different patterns and intense contrasts between the
main color and the several inclusions.
The classification and official naming of the jasper is not unanimous. Sometimes,
jasper is identified by its natural source, in other cases it gets descriptive titles and it
can be named after the country of origin.
VALUE OF JASPER
Jasper was once one of the most valuable gems of the ancient cultures and
The cutter and polisher should know the composition of the jasper before doing his
work. A simple error might decrease the value of a jasper piece. It can also happen
during a last treatment made to the stone.
Noreena jasper, Russian jasper, Morrisonite jasper, Bloodstone jasper, Ocean jasper,
Dendritic jasper, Spiderweb jasper and Opal jasper are some of the most valuable
SYMBOLISM OF JASPER
The sacred breastplate of the Jewish High Priest had several jasper stones, according
to the Book of Exodus.
Jasper is known for driving away evil spirits and it is considered a protection against
spiders and snakes. Jasper also brings rain and confidence to those who wear it.
A jasper stone is a symbol of fertility.
JASPER, VIP AND CELEBRITIES
Jasper was chosen to adorn the Saint Wenceslas Chapel, in Prague.
In Greece, archaeologists found local jasper evidences in the production of seals for
the Knossos Palace.
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