Jasper is a beautiful semi-precious gemstone found in many parts of the world. Jasper is sourced in many interesting colors and patterns, usually mottled, ringed or spotted, reflecting its name which is derived from the Greek word for “spotted stone”.
Jasper has existed since biblical times and was once seen as an extremely valuable stone. These days, Jasper is a relatively inexpensive gemstone and therefore is often used in jewelry-making, once it’s been cut and polished into cabochons or beads.
Jasper is known among healers for its metaphysical and crystal healing properties. It’s deemed by experts to be the “Supreme Nurturer” gemstone – a stone of comfort, protection, peace and tranquillity. It’s said that Jasper can also help re-energise its wearers.
There are many different types of Jasper gemstones. In this article, we identify some of the most popular varieties and explain more about them.
Autumn Jasper – known for tranquillity, this variety of Jasper is flecked with rustic reds and pretty greens. Autumn Jasper can feature many different patterns.
Brecciated Jasper – this gemstone is often found in a deep rich red with dark veins throughout. In terms of healing properties, Brecciated Jasper is known for creativity, strength and vitality.
Cave Creek Jasper – this type of Jasper is dark red and can be found near Cave Creek in Maricopa, County Arizona.
Dalmatian Jasper – can be found in cream, beige or gray colors and as you would imagine, Dalmatian Jasper features a dark spotted pattern! It’s known as a protective and healing stone and is said to provide a calming influence for children and animals.
Egyptian Jasper – as the name suggests, this gemstone originates from Egypt and is often found in dark yellows, browns and rich red colors with a mottled pattern.
Fossil Jasper – this gemstone can appear in a range of colors and organic or marbled patterns. Fossil Jasper is known for being a grounding stone and is also used for its energizing properties.
Green Jasper – known as the ultimate “sleep stone”, Green Jasper is thought to help restore calm, protect the wearer from obsessive tendencies and even increase fertility. This gemstone can be found in many different shades of opaque green.
Hornstone – this is a fine grained variation of Jasper, often found in brown, red and gray colors.
Impression Jasper – also known as “Natural Aqua Terra Jasper” or “Variscite”, this is a beautiful stone that is found in many colors. Impression Jasper features a range of patterns including spots and swirls. This stone is said to help the wearer find inner peace and clarity and is used for emotional healing.
Jaspilite – a chemical, iron rich rock made up of a mixture of Hematite and Quartz.
Kinradite – this is an Orbicular Jasper, featuring a pattern of colorless or white rings or bands.
Leopard Jasper – like Kinradite, this type of Orbicular Jasper features ringed patterns, usually found in shades of green, orange and rusty red. Leopard Jasper is known for helping the wearer to deal with past traumas so that they may move forwards and seek new opportunities.
Mookaite Jasper – this gemstone takes its name from the Mooka Creek area in Western Australia where it’s mined. It usually appears in colors of rose with stripes or bands of yellow, cream, brown or white.
Ocean Jasper – this is a rare Orbicular Jasper, also known as Sea Jasper or the Atlantis Stone. It’s found on the shores of North Western Madagascar where it can only be mined when the tide is low. Ocean Jasper features beautiful patterns of multi-colored circles and waves. On a spiritual level, this stone is said to carry a nurturing energy and will help the wearer develop self-love and empathy for others.
Picture Jasper – this gemstone appears in striking, almost scenic-like patterns in browns, blacks, beige, ivory and blue. Picture Jasper is known for boosting creativity, initiative and confidence.
Red Creek Jasper – this isn’t a true type of Jasper, but it’s a gorgeous stone all the same with its earthy and rich red tones, hence why it’s so popular in jewelry-making today. Red Creek Jasper is found in China and is softer than other types of quartz, although it has a hard, granite-like appearance.
Scenic Jasper – like Picture Jasper, this is a stone that has stunning scenery-like formations.
Unakite Jasper – known for its harmonious properties, Unakite Jasper is said to lift spirits and promote patience and focus in its wearers.
Wascoite Jasper – found in Wasco, County Oregon; this type of Jasper appears with irregular concentric formations in yellow, red and pink colors.
Yellow Jasper – found in dark yellow, sandy or mustard colors, Yellow Jasper is a stone known for endurance and positivity, helping its wearer to become more self-confident and worry less.
Jasper – a masterpiece of nature
There are so many different types of Jasper gemstones, yet each one resembles nature itself, with colors and patterns that reflect the earth, fire, water and air along with a definitive sense of energy. Jasper, with its ancient history, alleged healing powers and visual beauty, certainly is a gemstone of interest!
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