Jasper is associated with the birthstone month of January.
Jasper is associated with the zodiac signs of Aquarius and Leo.
Jasper is a microcrystalline variety of Quartz, and a member of the Chalcedony family. It often contains organic material and iron oxides that account for its interesting patterns, bands, and colors.
History & Lore:
The name Jasper means “spotted stone”, and is ultimately derived from the Persian word 'yashp'.
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.
Polkadot Jasper is readily available and generally at affordable prices.
Polkadot Jasper deposits occur in eastern Oregon and Idaho.
Jasper is rated at 6.5 to 7 on the Moh's Scale of Hardness and should be protected from scratches and sharp blows. Polkadot Jasper is rich in color combinations of creamy whites, beige, tans, and browns, which create stunning scenic landscape patterns. The scattered brown polka dots add to this stones uniqueness.
The value of Polkadot Jaspers is determined by the saturation and richness of the colors, the beauty of the exhibited landscape patterns, and the design in which it is formed.
Jasper has been used for sculptures, bowls, vases, seals, and other ornamentation purposes dating back thousands of years. As a gemstone, Polkadot Jasper is most commonly found cut into cabochons and beads.
Polkadot Jasper is occasionally dyed blue in order to have the white areas appear sky-blue, creating a landscape-like appearance
Care & Cleaning:
Jaspers are often sealed with petroleum products therefore they should not be cleaned with water because it can remove the coating / polish. It is best to clean your Jasper jewelry with a soft dry cloth. As with most gemstones, Jaspers should be kept away from prolonged 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 jewelry items in order to avoid damage / scratching.