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 Jasper, Moukaite Gemstone Properties 

Design Possibilities

The fashion forecast for fall and winter? It's warm, bold colors, especially red mixed with earth tones. The perfect gemstone for blending those colors? It's moukaite, a type of jasper found in Australia. (The broad patterns of red-browns and golds that sweep through it are actually finely-divided minerals such as clay and iron oxide.) As you prepare for winter arts and craft shows, you'd be wise to arm yourself with beautiful bracelets that feature it. Create a display of chokers and necklaces from moukaite and black onyx beads. They make perfect gifts for those-in-the-know about fashion accessories, or for anyone who loves these rich colors and wants an exciting new way to wear them.

Metaphysical/Healing Properties

Sumptuous, voluptuous, and sensual-all are words we usually associate with physical pleasure rather than with spiritual values. Moukaite blends the two. Because it makes us more comfortable with our bodies, our physical activities elevate our spirits. Visualize an Olympic diver poised on the end of a diving board. A gymnast flipping through the air. A runner whose whole body and spirit are part of that running. Lovemaking when it is really love-making. That's the kind of pleasure moukaite helps us experience. My friend Margie is so convinced of this gemstone's combined physical/spiritual values, she made herself a headband with the words "Moukaite-Powered" beaded across it.
Mineral InformationSilicate, chalcedony, quartz group
Chemical CompositionSiO2
ColorRed-browns, golds and whites mixed in broad patterns
Hardness6-1/2 - 7
Specific Gravity2.58-2.91
Refractive IndexAbout 1.54

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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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