Birthstones

Jasper

What is Jasper?
What exactly is Jasper? The definition of a Jasper is as follows:

  • Jasper is a colloquial term for some varieties of chert which owes its red color to iron inclusions

  • Chert is an impure, massive, flint-like opaque quartz or hornstone, fairly granular, silicate rock with a dull shiny luster and a great range of colors. When a chert stone is struck against steel, sparks result and throughout history it has therefore been used as an excellent tool for starting fires

  • Jasper is defined as a variety of quartz

  • Quartz goes by an array of different names including Agate, Onyx, Aventurine, Tiger's eye, Amethyst, Citrine, Prasiolite, Rose quartz, Bloodstones, Milk quartz, Smoky quartz and Carnelian

The Colors of Jasper
Jasper come in a wide range of natural colors and shades of red, yellow or brown. When the colors are in stripes or bands, it is called striped or banded jasper.

Color is mainly caused by the gemstone's selective absorption of certain wavelengths of light called the body color.

In gemstones, color consists of three components:

  • Hue - the first impression of the color
  • Tone - the lightness or darkness of color ranging from light to medium to dark
  • Saturation - the intensity of a gemstone's color which is measured from dull to strong to vivid

Birthstone Facts and Information about Jasper
The following list provides Birthstone facts and information about this gemstone:

  • It is an alternate birthstone for the month of February
  • Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
  • Aquarius dates: January 21 - February 19
  • Aquarius - The Eleventh Sign of the Zodiac: The Water Bearer
  • Ruling Planet of Aquarius: Uranus
  • Birthstones of Aquarius: Amethyst and Garnets

Healing Properties of Jasper
The healing properties of Jasper are reputed to be effective for health problems relating to:

  • Stomach

  • Intestine

  • Gynaecological problems

Jasper Jewelry
Jasper jewelry is extremely popular especially for those nearest and dearest. All different types of jewelry containing Jasper are available including:

  • Jasper rings
  • Jasper bracelets
  • Jasper pendants
  • Jasper earrings
  • Jasper necklaces
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