Jasper is an opaque chalcedony that comes in a wide variety of colors. Fancy jasper is known for its scrumptious color palette of mauves, lilacs, creams and greens all mixed together. The term "jasper" itself comes from the Greek word iaspi, meaning "spotted stone." Jasper is a gemstone that has been used all over the world. The ancient priests of Egypt carved jasper into beautiful jewelry while the Minoans used jasper for seals. While jasper is widely available today, the gemstone was once treasured as a valuable stone.
Fancy Jasper Metaphysical Properties
Jasper, in all its forms, is considered a powerful healing stone. Jasper is regarded as a gemstone that gives a sense of well-being, intensifying that feeling. Also a stone of gentleness and relaxation, fancy jasper's rich colors blend and complement each other so well for a complete sense of wholeness. Another benefit of fancy jasper is its ability to focus the wearer on the here and now. In metaphysical beliefs, fancy jasper helps people worry less about the future or deal with past guilt. Fancy jasper is associated mainly with the root chakra and the astrological signs Aries and Scorpio.
Fancy Jasper Geological Properties
Jasper gemstones are found all over the world, but fancy jasper has large deposits in Africa and Brazil. Jasper in general is an impure silicon dioxide with unique patterns formed during mineral consolidation that creates the various types of this stone.
Silicate, chalcedony, quartz group
Mauve, lilac, cream and green blended
6-1/2 to 7 (Mohs)
2.58 - 2.91
Proper Care of Fancy Jasper
Though jaspers are hardy, durable stones, the best method though for cleaning fancy jasper is to simply use warm soapy water with a soft cloth or brush. Be sure to dry the stone and all jewelry settings thoroughly before storing or wearing.
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Designing with Fancy Jasper
Fancy jasper is especially fun to combine with solid colored beads in a color that needs to be accented. Green aventurine (in the dark green or emerald shades) is a stunning accent for the green. Lavender or deep purple amethyst highlights the mauve and lilac shades. Add sterling silver and Swarovski® crystal beads in colors that accent or complement your favorite colors and you're ready to party with fancy jasper.
**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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