Its name comes from Greek and means "spotted stone", which is very literal for this mineral. We will find jaspers in brown, yellow, red and green, but all of them will have characteristic patterns on their surface.
By esotericists he is sometimes called "balm for the soul", he is credited with supporting partnership and starting a family. Apparently it supports peace and harmony in relationships. Advocates of alternative medicine believe that it supports the immune system, supports the treatment of the liver and kidneys, and also improves hearing and eyesight.
The history of jasper
Jasper was one of the most valuable stones in antiquity. In legends, he was called the "mother of all stones", who allegedly had a lot of magical abilities. The use of jasper was very common. They were used to make seals, small sculptures, sacred objects and jewelry. They were also used to create amulets to protect the owner and bring him a lot of luck.
Jasper was one of the twelve precious stones adorning the pectoral of the High Priest in the Temple of Jerusalem. Each mineral was supposed to signify one of the tribes of Israel, jasper symbolized the tribe of Judah in which Jesus lived. Also in the Bible we can find a mention of this stone in the Apocalypse of St. John the author used it as a symbol of Christ-God.
This stone is quite a hard stone, on the Mohs scale it was awarded 6.5-7. Due to the variety of colors as well as the uniqueness of each crystal, jasper is very popular in jewelry and other artistic crafts. Various varieties of jasper can create amazingly beautiful collections, and interestingly, this stone is sometimes used as a facing material.
The beauty of some jaspers is sometimes artificially enhanced by permanent staining. This is especially true for picasso jaspers, which have reddish brown and greenish shades. The unusual variety of patterns that nature creates on the stones makes even a seemingly banal bead bracelet transformed into a beautiful ornament.