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 Jasper, Brecciated Gemstone Properties 



Brecciated jasper can vary from soft swirls of color to dramatically fragmented shades of rich brown, brick red and cream colors. Rainbow brecciated jasper is a striking, earthy blend of warm brick-red and burgundy patterned with browns, blacks and tans. Deeply integrated colors come from organic material and iron oxides imbedded in the stones.

Designing with Brecciated Jasper

The stunning patterns of brecciated jasper make it a standout focal piece. Donuts, ovals and teardrops are large enough to really show off the bold patterns that make this jasper so beautiful. Carved animals, such as horses or elephants, seem to take on a life of their own when carved out of this soothing stone.

Pair brecciated jasper with natural elements like wood, bone or nut beads for an elegant organic look. Multiple strands of the earthy gemstone will glow alongside warm copper accents and findings. For a different look, try the cooler tones of sterling-silver, which contrast beautifully with the stone's rich colors.

The Power of the Stone

Metaphysical Properties

Jasper was popular in the ancient world for its medicinal and spiritual values. Its name can be traced as far back as ancient Hebrew, Assyrian, Persian, Greek and Latin languages. It has been used for centuries by cultures around the world for its unique properties. Legend has it that jasper would drive away evil spirits and protect against snake and spider bites. In the fourth century, jasper was called ''the great rain bringer.'' Medicinal values attributed to jasper include an ability to strengthen the stomach and provide cures to gynecological issues.

Brecciated jasper is commonly believed to be a calming stone. Its nurturing energy is said to bring happiness and repel negative feelings. It is an inspiring stone for those looking for balance in their lives. This beautiful jasper is thought to help its wearer find a positive outlook in life and achieve a sense of tranquility. It is used by many to increase creative energy and to channel that energy into positive action. This is a great stone to provide inspiration and motivation. Brecciated jasper is believed to help to ease stress and increase focus on goals at work, or to stimulate artistic inspiration.

Brecciated jasper is also thought to provide mental clarity and focus to its wearer. The uplifting stone may help to increase organization and decrease stress. It is a wonderful stone for those looking for balance and clarity in their lives.

Geological Properties

The name Jasper is derived from the Greek word iaspi meaning ''spotted stone.'' It is a form of chalcedony that may contain up to 20 percent foreign materials or inclusions, including organic material and mineral oxides, which determine the color, pattern and appearance of the stone. Uniformly colored jasper is rare; usually it is multicolored, spotted or banded.

Jasper is found all over the world including deposits in the United States, Egypt, Brazil, Australia, India, Canada, Russia, Uruguay, Madagascar and Kazakhstan.

Mineral Properties of Brecciated Jasper
Chemical CompositionSiO2 silicon dioxide
AppearanceYellow to orange-red to brown. Spotted or banded with white, yellow, brown or red.
Hardness6-1/2-7 (Mohs)
Specific Gravity2.5–2.9
Refractive IndexAbout 1.54
Cause of ColorIron

Proper Care

Clean jasper jewelry with a soft dry cloth to preserve polish.

To learn more about brecciated jasper and other gemstones, order your copy of Walter Schumann's revised and expanded edition of GEMSTONES of the World.

For inspirational jewelry design ideas featuring brecciated jasper, visit the Gallery of Designs.

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**Please note that all metaphysical or healing properties listed are collected from various sources. This information is offered as a service and not meant to treat medical conditions. Fire Mountain Gems and Beads® does not guarantee the validity of any of these statements.


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