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 Jasper, Zebra Gemstone Properties 

Design Possibilities

Think exotic! Now imagine a fleet of zebras galloping across grassy African tablelands. That's zebra jasper's fascinating mixture of patterns and colors. Like other jaspers, it's found all over the world and has been used since antiquity. But unlike much jasper which is spotted (the word jasper means "spotted stone" in Greek), zebra jasper is striped. Beautifully banded in irregular deep green, black and white, these beads blend exquisitely with solid green, black or white stones. I like to mix the exotic with the ancient by stringing zebra jasper beads with antiqued brass or antiqued silver beads and components. Or team them up with black horn hairpipe beads for the beauty and thrilling intrigue of Africa without its danger and inconvenience.

Metaphysical/Healing Properties

Jasper motivates us to move out of apathy into action. It helps us avoid over-thinking and encourages us to just enjoy the experience of living. Zebra jasper's striking colors intensify that message. Like the swift, wild horse for which it's named, it shows us how to live. It says: Get out of your head! Get into your body. Let the zest for life flow through you. If you feel like galloping, then gallop!
Mineral InformationSilicate, chalcedony, quartz group
Chemical CompositionSiO2
ColorDeep green/black; white banding
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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