Jasper, Rainbow Gemstone Properties
Instead of your usual rainbow, imagine a rainbow of warm sensual colors: burgundy-red golds, browns and tans. That's rainbow jasper. Like all jasper its deeply banded colors come from organic material and iron oxides imbedded in it. Rainbow jasper is found in Africa and India, but it reminds me of the jasper found in southwest Colorado where the Anasazi, famous for their cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde, formed arrowheads from it. Today, with the fashion world's shift from sky tones to earth tones, this unusual jasper is used more widely in jewelry than ever. It's the perfect stone for all kinds of beaders: those who want to create a southwest look, those who have always loved earth tones, or those who simply want to create jewelry that's "totally in" in the world of fashion.
Rainbow jasper helps us focus without overanalyzing things. Think of a young Anasazi. Imagine him high above a canyon, his form silhouetted against the sky. He puts an arrow in his bow, draws it back slowly and sights along it. When he releases that arrow, he knows the jasper arrowhead at its tip will accurately and swiftly finds its target. That's the kind of focused attention rainbow jasper can give us in our own lives as well.
|Mineral Information||Silicate, chalcedony, quartz group|
|Color||Red-golds with tan and brown banding|
|Hardness||6-1/2 - 7|
|Refractive Index||About 1.54|**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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