I bought a necklace yesterday at the farmers market in Ann Arbor. It’s a shiny smooth jasper stone pendant. I just looked it up and this is what I found about Jasper. The first sentence made me smile because I am a Virgo. So if I believed in all of this stuff, I would have just picked the exact right necklace for myself. I picked mine because I like it and because the pattern looked to me like the stars in Van Gogh’s Starry Night.
Jasper Facts, Information and Description
Jasper is one of the birth stones listed for the Sun Sign of Virgo. It is also the Mystical birthstone for the month of October. See the birthstone tables for additional references to this stone.
Jasper is an opaque and fine grained variety of Chalcedony. It is found in all colors including: red, brown, pink, yellow, green, grey/white and shades of blue and purple.
It often contains organic material and mineral oxides which give it interesting patterns, bands and colors. Many of these patterns resemble landscapes with mountains and valleys, thus the name “picture” is part of the name of many well know jaspers.
Jasper was a favorite gem in ancient times and is referenced in Greek, Hebrew, Assyrian and Latin literature.
Found worldwide, a wide variety of named jaspers is found in the western areas of the Unites States; California, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming and Washington.
Picture jasper is a petrified or silicated mud that dripped into gas pockets in molten lava. It became superheated and then solidified forming the unusual banded patterns which are typical of this stone.
A 6.5-7 on the Mohs scale of hardness, Jasper is the state rock of Massachusetts, USA.
Folklore, Legend, and Healing Properties:
Legend says that Jasper would drive away evil spirits and protect against snake and spider bites. In the fourth century, it was thought to bring about the rain.
Jasper is protective. It can align all the chakras and balance yin yang energies, it is stabilizing and healing.