Silver Leaf Jasper Meaning and Properties

Silver Leaf Jasper History

Natural sophistication. That's what Mother Nature got when she combined grey, black and white in a swirling pattern.

Jasper is an opaque chalcedony that comes in a wide variety of colors. The term "jasper" itself comes from the Greek work 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. Its one-of-a-kind patterns have made it widely popular since antiquity when it was also used for amulets against drought. While jasper is widely available today, the gemstone was once treasured as a valuable stone. Like all jasper, the subtle designs and colors of this opaque chalcedony made it a highly popular ornamental material for vases, mantels, etc. Today it's an ideal gemstone for jewelry with a sophisticated, monochromatic look.

Silver Leaf Jasper Metaphysical Properties

With its balance of colors, silver leaf jasper is a stone that promotes balance. It provides strength of purpose, promotes stability and--like all jaspers--is a grounding stone. During meditation, it is believed to awaken its holders to a sense of joy. Like all black/grey stones, silver leaf jasper also encourages willpower. It's worn by independent, highly disciplined people--or by people who aren't highly disciplined but would like to be! Reiki practitioners have been known to use silver leaf jasper as a wholistic or whole-body wellness stone.

Silver Leaf Jasper Geological Properties

Jasper gemstones are found all over the world, but silver leaf jasper has large deposits in Africa and Russia. Jasper in general is an impure silicon dioxide with unique patterns formed during mineral consolidation that creates the various types of this stone.

Today, it's found all over the world: Africa, India, Russia, France and Germany, as well as the U.S.

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

Proper Care of Silver Leaf Jasper

Jaspers are durable materials, yet the best method for cleaning silver leaf 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.

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 Silver Leaf Jasper

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 natural sophistication.

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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