JASPER

Jasper associated with the Sacral Chakra – It is an amalgam of micro quartz with other mineral phases that can include chalcedony. It is an opaque variety of silica that contains impurities. Allowing for the various colour forms dependent on the sediment or ash.

The common red colour is caused by traces of iron (lll) or hematite inclusions. Patterns can occur when the silica-rich sediment or volcanic ash forms through flow and depositional occurrence.

All crystals belong to a different group according to the basis of the relationships of their axes. There are 7 systems and 32 classes of symmetry. Agate crystals belong to the Trigonal system.

The term ‘Jasper’ referred to the spotting or speckled patterns on the stone. Denoted the number of stones blessed with these pattern types. The documentation in the history of picture jasper is unclear due to this. It isn’t easy to establish which type is being referenced through the ages.

There are some noted stories regarding red jasper. One story is that a segment of Red Jasper was embedded on the hilt of Balmung. The legendary sword of the Norse legend Siegfried. Another detail how in 1636. The Gemmarum et Lapidum Historia noted that a woman wearing red jasper was cured of the painful chronic haemorrhaging that she was inflicted with.

Red Jasper is commonly found and is used for gemstones and ornamentation.

 

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