The Gemstone “Jasper”

After a long sabbatical from my gemstone blog, I am back to my research into gemstones.

 “Jasper” is a very interesting gemstone that I’ve just been introduce to.  Jewelry made from this is extra beautiful.
Being such a touchy stone to work with, it is amazing what craftsmen have done with it.

“Jasper” is a variety of quartz, but is put in it’s own category because of  the unique structure of veins and splotches.
The word jasper  is from the Greek language meaning “spotted stone”. In ancient times the word referred to green, transparent stones.

Modern jasper is very different today.  It is a dense stone with up to 20% inclusion (foreign material) that make up its color, streaks,blotches and grainy appearance.

This jasper is found in Egypt, Australia, Brazil, India, Canada, Russia, Uruguay, United States and still more countries…
It is not an easy stone to work with as it tends to crack along the layers of veins.
It is often called “blood jasper”  or “Bloodstone”  but I have just found out that “bloodstone” is a totally different gemstone,although the colors are much the same.

Jasper is found in a variety of colors. From yellow,brown or green blended to fine grained black and pink to light red and cloudy. There are at least 50 varieties, each having it’s own coloration.

Poppy Jasper

One of the most sought after types is “picture Jasper”. This gemstone actually comes out of the ground  with markings resembling trees or landscape scenes. At present “Biggs Jasper” is the most common source.  It is found in Oregon, USA.  You can visit Biggs Junction, Oregon and see picture junction being mined, with a little help you can pick some yourself.

Picture Jasper is petrified mud that has dripped into gas pockets of molten lava ( as the earth was formed) then solidifying  creating the unusual veined patterns.

In modern literature jasper is assigned to the planet Mars, in the Zodiac it belongs to Aries and it is also the state rock of Massachusetts USA.

In ancient times the stone was thought to bring rain.  It also was the protector against spiders and snakes. Even now there are as many positive powers given to the gemstone as there are varieties.

 

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**Research:  Online: wikipedia  Offline: “Colored Gemstones” by Antoinette Matlins and “Gemstones of the World” by Walter Shuman as well as information picked up at a marvelous little store here in Guelph. called “Harmony”

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A unique variety of Opal found in only one place in the entire world – Opal,Butte, Oregon. When faceted it flashes dusky blue-violet or yellow-orange.  In some pendants, it is transparent, resembling an underwater scene.

Oregon Opal inspires imagination, rediscovery of self, joy and peace!! This is high quality gem grade material. One of my personal favorites!

Opal has been known for many years to be an emotional body stone, thought of as flowing water, because it is amorphous (with out crystal structure).

Resource “The Fossil Cartel Inc”  http://www.fossilcartel.com

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Ammonites are the ancient equivalent to the modern-day chambered Nautilus. These sea faring squids built a chambered shell in which they would pump air into the empty chambers and float at different levels of the ocean in search of food. This unique ability to float at different depths of the ocean is what inspired Jules Vern (the famous science fiction writer) to call the first submarine the Nautilus. Ammonites lived approximately 400 million years ago.

Source:  http://www.brenardine.com/fossil-jewelry.htm

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Note:  Nov.2013 – Pandora has a new group of gemstone charms called “The Essence Collection”  The video alone is worth looking at.  Check it out and enjoy.  http://www.pandora.net

Imagine the conversations among your friends when you create your
own beautiful Pandora Bracelets with precious or semi-precious
gemstones.

 

Pandora is perhaps known best for its bourgeois twist on the
classic charm bracelet, introduced in 2000.

Pandora bracelets have a patented threading system that allows
charms to be placed, added and rearranged. Pandora has created
more than 800 handcrafted charms, available in sterling silver,
14k gold and murano glass, sometimes with semi-precious stones or
precious gems. Other accessories for the bracelets include spacers
and clips, which secure the loose beads in place and prevent them
from falling off the bracelet when it is opened. It also helps
with the distribution of weight allowing for minimal stretching.
One must screw each bead onto a small section at the beginning of
the bracelet and across two small fixed threads along the
bracelet. This allows for the separation of beads, creation of
patterns and prevents the beads from falling off. A safety chain
can also be used to prevent charms falling off and allow for extra
security and makes it easier to apply the bracelt onto a person’s
wrist.

In 2008, Pandora introduced “LovePods,” jewelry made of 18k gold
and gemstones such as diamonds, amethyst, peridot, citrine, spinel
and topaz. (Wikipedia)

Why not use precious stones and create your own Love Pods.

http://www.pandora.net

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A woman is suspected to be behind theft of jewellery worth 1.70 lakhs from a Thane shop. Police is investigating the case on the basis of cctv footage.

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It has been hacked out of the earth, cut, polished and bought and sold along the way — to finally be shown in all its glory. These bits of mineral formation from the mines of South Africa, Burma, Brazil, Colombia, Russia or Canada have now arrived — on the red carpet, at gem exhibits and at the premier shops around the world. They are admired, and ultimately bought and shown off, although the mammoth diamond mining concern DeBeers says the current diamond market will depend on the U.S. economy — now struggling. The U.S. is the largest diamond jewelry market in the world. Nevertheless, throughout history precious stones have meant something and still do. VOA's Sonja Pace has this final segment of our series.

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A woman is suspected to be behind theft of jewellery worth 1.70 lakhs from a Thane shop. Police is investigating the case on the basis of cctv footage.

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It has been hacked out of the earth, cut, polished and bought and sold along the way — to finally be shown in all its glory. These bits of mineral formation from the mines of South Africa, Burma, Brazil, Colombia, Russia or Canada have now arrived — on the red carpet, at gem exhibits and at the premier shops around the world. They are admired, and ultimately bought and shown off, although the mammoth diamond mining concern DeBeers says the current diamond market will depend on the U.S. economy — now struggling. The U.S. is the largest diamond jewelry market in the world. Nevertheless, throughout history precious stones have meant something and still do. VOA's Sonja Pace has this final segment of our series.

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The latest Italian jewellery range showcased by Monde D' Or at the Malaysian International Jewellery Fair 2006 in Kuala Lumpur .http://www.monde-d-or.com

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It has been hacked out of the earth, cut, polished and bought and sold along the way — to finally be shown in all its glory. These bits of mineral formation from the mines of South Africa, Burma, Brazil, Colombia, Russia or Canada have now arrived — on the red carpet, at gem exhibits and at the premier shops around the world. They are admired, and ultimately bought and shown off, although the mammoth diamond mining concern DeBeers says the current diamond market will depend on the U.S. economy — now struggling. The U.S. is the largest diamond jewelry market in the world. Nevertheless, throughout history precious stones have meant something and still do. VOA's Sonja Pace has this final segment of our series.

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