March's Birthstone Jasper: Fun Facts
Every gemstone has its story and so does Jasper. Let's get into some interesting facts about this beautiful gemstone.
- Natural Jasper is a type of Chalcedony gemstone named after the Greek word for "spotted" because of its colorful markings.
- The jasper is, along with Heliotrope (bloodstone), one of the traditional birthstones for March. It is also the zodiacal stone for Capricorns.
- Jasper is an opaque cryptocrystalline variety of the mineral Orthoclase which forms in dark brown, red, yellow, blue and partly green colors. The patterns are mostly mottled, striped or spotted giving it a unique colorful character.
- Red jaspers color results from iron, yellow and orange jasper's color results from potassium, brown jaspers by manganese and black and gray by cobalt.
- Jasper is found in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Egypt, India, Kazakhstan, Madagascar, Russia, Uruguay and the United States.
- The color of jasper can vary greatly from location to location, therefore collectors prefer to purchase Jasper from India, Madagascar or Germany.
- The hardness of Jasper ranges from 5 to 7 on Mohs scale – the same as that of the red garnet gemstone.
- Jasper is found on all continents of the world, but it forms under extreme conditions such as volcanic eruptions or meteor impacts.
- Jasper gemstone's properties include...healing and balancing, loving and nurturing, feminine energies, calming, ability to receive healing and to give healing.
- According to Feng Shui, jasper can bring harmony to a relationship or a room when placed near the front door or in another area of the home, office or business.