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 Jasper, Silver Leaf Gemstone Properties 

Design Possibilities

Natural sophistication. That's what Mother Nature got when she combined grey/black/white in a swirling leaf pattern. And natural sophistication is the look your jewelry will have when you include these unique gemstone beads. Jasper is an opaque to sub translucent chalcedony whose name comes from the Greek for spotted stone. Its one-of-a-kind patterns have made it widely popular since antiquity when it was first used for cylinder seals and as amulets against drought. Today, it's found all over the world-in India, Russia, France, East and West Germany, as well as the U.S. In silver leaf jasper, the swirls and spotted patterns as well as the colors are heightened when you combine them with black onyx or smoky quartz. Or intersperse silver leaf jasper with a variety of sterling silver beads for a look of dark, leafy forests and water that is pure, head-turning sophistication.

Metaphysical/Healing Properties

Like all black/grey stones, silver leaf jasper encourages willpower. It's worn by independent, highly disciplined people, or by people who aren't highly disciplined but would like to be. My friend Andrea, a C.P.A., always wears silver leaf jasper on April 15th, because she knows one of her friends will show up and throw himself on her mercy. This year she's already told him that unless she has his tax stuff by the first of March, he's out of luck. And she started wearing silver leaf jasper on a regular basis clear back in September. "I need all the willpower I can get," she says, "to keep from killing him-or myself-if he comes marching into the office on April 15th with a box full of receipts and cancelled checks tucked under his arm again."
Mineral InformationSilicate, chalcedony, quartz group
Chemical CompositionSiOzSilicate, chalcedony, quartz group
ColorGrey, black and white swirls
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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