Jasper is the birthstone for the month of January.
Jasper is associated with the zodiac signs of Aquarius and Leo.
Jasper is a variety of microcrystalline quartz and a member of the Chalcedony family. It often contains organic material and iron oxides. These materials account for its interesting patterns, bands, and colors. Brecciated Jasper is composed of Silicon Dioxide with oxidized iron.
History & Lore:
Brecciated Jasper is given its name due to its fine-grained matrix structure.
Jasper was a favorite gemstone of ancient times and can be traced back to Greek, Hebrew, Persian, Latin, and Assyrian literature.
Jasper is a protective stone and is said to align the chakras and balance the yin and yang energies. In legend Jasper was believed to protect against evil spirits and forces and was also believed to bring courage and relief from pain. It is also said to protect against venomous snake and spider bites.
Brecciated Jasper is said to deflect negativity and increase energy, especially in times of sickness and fatigue. It is also said to assist with dream recall, and to inspire happiness, positive attitudes, motivation, and creativity.
Brecciated Jasper is a popular gemstone and is becoming increasingly rare.
Jaspers can be found worldwide.
Jasper is rated at 6.5 to 7 on Moh's Scale of Hardness and thus should be protected from scratches and sharp blows. Brecciated Jasper is an opaque to translucent stone with a brilliant shine. The colors that characterize this stone consist of deep reds, numerous shades of brown and tan, and creamy whites that swirl through the stone. Occasionally Brecciated Jaspers can be found with a patch of translucent Agate formed within the stone. The saturation and richness of the colors along with the beauty of the swirling pattern are both important factors that significantly affect value.
Brecciated Jasper is most commonly found cut into cabochons and beads.
There are no known enhamcements for Brecciated Jasper.
Care & Cleaning:
Jaspers are often sealed with petroleum products and should therefore not be cleaned with water because this can remove the polish. It is best to clean your Jasper jewelry with a soft dry cloth. As with most gemstones, Jaspers should be kept away from exposure to extremes of heat and household chemicals that can damage the stone. Always keep your Jasper jewelry in a fabric-lined box away from other harder jewelry items so as to avoid scratching.