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The Uses of Jasper

Jasper is an extremely beautiful stone, while it is a very common gemstone and found throughout the world, it does come in many different varieties and colors. Jasper has been used for thousands of years and even as tools and weapons during prehistoric times. However, today Jasper is used for its beauty and wonderful varieties.

Jasper is a type of quartz and is extremely common, found in many parts of the world. Jasper is microcrystalline quartz and is made from very small grains. It is usually translucent or opaque and comes in a variety of colors such as red, brown and yellow.

Jasper is primarily used today as ornamental jewelry; however it comes in large enough sizes that it can also be used to create sculptures and small snuff or tobacco boxes.

Jasper can sometimes be spotted or striped. This occurs by other minerals being included in the stone including Hematite and Goethite. For the most part, the Jasper will be named either by the region that it comes from or the attributes it has, for instance Tiger stripe.

Jasper has been used by man for thousands of years and some of the more common uses included ceramics such as bowls, seals for leaders and politicians and amulets that were thought to protect one from evil. In fact, many amulets were found in Egypt with scripture inscribed on the amulet to protect the wearer from death. Jasper today is a great stone for jewelry and is quite hard with a score of 6.5 to 7 on Moh’s scale. This stone usually stands up for many generations.


Jasper - The History and Origins

Jasper is a very common, but very beautiful stone. It is formed from quartz, which is the most common mineral in the world, making up 12% of the earth’s crust. Jasper is a grainy, fibrous cryptocrystalline, meaning that it is formed from crystals, however these crystals are too small to be seen with the naked eye.

Jasper comes in several different colors including red, brown and yellow, besides these colors, Jasper can include bands within the stone that make it appeared striped or spotted. Many times Jasper is named for the region and the attributes that are found in the stone. For instance hematite and goethite are two minerals that are closely associated with Jasper. Jasper is found all over the world and was known to man since the dawn of time, there is actually evidence that man used Jasper as a tool or weapon hundreds of thousands of years ago in Ethiopia.

However during, ancient times, jasper was used mainly as ornamental jewelry, as well as seals and for bowls or boxes. Jasper is generally a hard stone and has a hardness score of 6.5 to 7 on the Moh’s scale, this means for the most part that this mineral makes a very good stone for jewelry, however it can be fractured if impacted upon.

During the Middle Ages, the stone of Jasper was used to ward off evil and to make one calm and mentally stable. It is also said to have the medicinal properties of curing kidney disease and digestive problems.

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