Dalmatian Jasper Meaning and Properties

Dalmatian Jasper History

Dalmatian jasper, better known as Dalmatian stone, is typically found and mined in Chihuahua, Mexico. The distinctive gemstone was named "Dalmatian" due to its likeness of the "fire engine" dog. This opaque, white spotted with brown and black will make people turn around and look back when they walk past you. Though the stone is naturally a white to beige hue with dark spots, it is a popular stone to dye bright colors such as purple, red and green.

Dalmatian Jasper Metaphysical Properties

It's no surprise the Dalmatian stone, with its resemblance to Dalmatian dogs, is said to create a sense of playfulness in those who see and wear it. It reminds us to enjoy the simple things in life and helps us feel lighthearted. Also, according to metaphysical beliefs, Dalmatian stone promotes devotion towards other people. It's not uncommon to see this stone used for people who have nightmares as the black spots are believed to suck up negative or chaotic energy to encourage a good night's sleep.

Dalmatian Jasper Geological Properties

Dalmatian stone is also called Dalmatian jasper, though it isn't a jasper at all. Jasper has a conchoidal fracture and Dalmatian stone is much softer than jasper. This gemstone, found in Mexico, is an igneous microcrystalline quartz with a mixture of other minerals creating the speckled look. Dalmatian jasper is great for tumbling and is easily polished for a bright luster on beads, cabochons and other jewelry supplies.

Mineral Information Silicate, chalcedony, quartz group
Chemical Composition SiO2
Color White with brown and black spots
Hardness 6-1/2 to 7 (Mohs)
Specific Gravity 2.58 - 2.91
Refractive Index 1.54 (Approximately)

Proper Care of Dalmatian Jasper

The easiest way to clean Dalmatian jasper beads and jewelry is with warm soapy water and a soft cloth. Be sure the stone and any settings are thoroughly dry before storing or wearing the jewelry. Store Dalmatian jasper away from harder stones so as not to risk accidental scratches and blemishes.

To learn more about jasper and other gemstones, order your copy of Walter Schumann's revised and expanded edition of Gemstones of the World.

Designing with Dalmatian Jasper

These beads take on a more formal look when combined with black "jade" or black onyx. But, if you want lively jewelry, try stringing various shapes of the bead in multiple strands. Dalmatian jasper is so full of life, it practically wiggles. To draw attention to the specific color of the Dalmatian spots, pair this gemstone with stones that match the color of the dots.

View design inspirations featuring jasper in the Gallery of Designs.

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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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