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 Jasper, Picture Gemstone Properties 

Design Possibilities

Picture this: As far as you can see, the landscape is filled with mountains that rise one beyond the other. Although Picasso jasper is the jasper found in Utah, picture jasper is most reminiscent of Utah's vast sandy expanse with golden brown and red stone "mountains" rising like ancient castles from it. Like all jasper, the rich designs and colors of this opaque chalcedony first made it a highly popular ornamental material for vases, mantels, etc. Today it's an ideal gemstone for jewelry with a southwest look.

Metaphysical/Healing Properties

For those of us who love the landscape of Utah, the spiritual values of picture jasper are immediately evident. When we've stepped off the path or gone down a path we never intended, most of us need some time and space alone to sort through things. That's the great spiritual value of picture jasper. It helps us get quiet and recall earlier memories, so we can understand their significance and move beyond them. I think of it as a wonderful sort of gemstone guidance counselor, if you will. I can feel a quiet, powerful sense of who I am, where I've been, and where I'm going all present in the beautiful picture jasper necklace I'm wearing.
Mineral InformationSilicate, chalcedony, quartz group
Chemical CompositionSiO2
ColorGold-browns, brick reds, avocado greens
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 BeadsĀ® does not guarantee the validity of any of these statements.

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