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Jasper is a dense, opaque, microcrystalline variety of Quartz. It occurs in nodules or as fillings in rock fissures and may be found all over the world, in nearly every colour. Jasper is coloured by oxides of iron and known for its deep earthy tones of red, yellow, brown and green, sometimes even in shades of blue or purple. The gemstone displays wonderful contrasts in its banding, inclusions, “pictures,” and small circular patterns.
History, mythology & legends
According to history, Jasper can be traced to all ancient peoples and civilizations. Worn by shamans, priests and kings, it was believed to be a sacred stone with powerful protection, for both the physical and spiritual world. Amulets of Jasper were carved by the Egyptians with symbols and inscriptions from the Book of the Dead and buried with mummified remains for safe passage in the after life.
Traditional & emotional healing
Jasper restores internal organ tissue. It is also useful for treating disorders of the kidneys, spleen, bladder, liver and stomach. It’s also believed to aid in balancing mineral content. Jasper is beneficial in stopping blood flow, particularly nose-bleeds, and also assists in reducing haemorrhoids. It soothes epilepsy and gout, and may be used to treat the sensory loss of smell.
Jasper strengthens emotionally, eases stress and produces calm stability. It invites feelings of compassion, patience, humility and even generosity. It is seen as a stone of courage as it imparts determination and encourages one to be honest with oneself when confronting problems. It also helps one recognize and overcome insecurities, fears and guilt. It inspires moving forward assertively, rather than aggressively, and acts as a reminder to work harmoniously with others.