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''Jasper'', Tigerskin Gemstone Properties


Design Possibilities

In an old children's story a bunch of tigers hold onto each other's tails and run around in a circle so fast they melt into a pool of rich creamy butter. That's the look of tawny golden tigerskin ''jasper''. Jasper, sometimes called hornstone, actually means "spotted stone" in Greek. But in tigerskin ''jasper'', those "spots" (from iron oxide) appear as pencil-thin streaks of brown in the dark golden matrix. That combination is so rich looking, you'll feel positively decadent when you wear it. Tigerskin ''jasper'' beads are always a wonderful complement to solid brown beads. But if you long for a more exotic look, try combining tigerskin ''jasper'' beads with hand-carved hardwood beads from Mali. Now that's a grrrrrrrrrrrrrrreat piece of jewelry!

Metaphysical/Healing Properties

Jasper is not about thinking or analyzing things. It's about experiencing life right in the moment. Tigerskin ''jasper's'' animal colors intensify those things. Tigerskin ''jasper'' takes us out of our heads and puts us back into our bodies, giving whole new meaning to the expressions "hold that tiger!" or having "a tiger in your tank." Expect to purr at least a little when you wear it.

Mineral Information Silicate, chalcedony, marble group
Chemical Composition SiO2
Color Dark gold with brown bands
Hardness 4 - 5
Specific Gravity 2.7
Refractive Index About 1.486-1.658

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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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