Monday, June 7, 2010

Leopard Jasper

Leopard Jasper

Also known as Leopard Skin Jasper

Birthstone Month:
Jasper the gemstone associated with the birthstone month of January.

Jasper is associated with the zodiac signs of Aquarius and Leo.

Chemical Symbol:

Chemical Make-up:
Jasper is a microcrystalline variety of the mineral Quartz, and a member of the Chalcedony family. It often contains organic material and iron oxides that account for its interesting patterns, bands, and colors.

History & Lore:
The name Jasper means “spotted stone”, and is ultimately thought to be derived from the Persian word 'yashp'.

Jasper was a favorite gemstone of ancient times and can be traced back to Greek, Hebrew, Persian, Latin, and Assyrian literature.

Jasper is a protective stone and is said to align the chakras and balance yin and yang energies. In legend Jasper was believed to protect against evil spirits and forces, and was also believed to bring courage and relief from pain. It is also said to protect against venomous snake and spider bites.

Leopard Jasper is believed to help the wearer find and achieve their goals and can bring understanding that they already have everything they need. As with all Jaspers, Leopard Jasper is a protective stone, particularly for spiritual journeys. Physically it's believed to be helpful with self-healing and can help eliminate toxins from the body.

Leopard Jaspers are available at affordable prices.

Leopard Jaspers are often sourced from Mexico but can generally be found worldwide.

Jasper is rated at 6.5 to 7 on the Moh's Scale of Hardness and it should be protected from scratches and sharp blows. Leopard Jasper is a beautiful opaque stone, generally a light brown color but can be found in rich browns and even browns with a greyish shade. These stones are reminiscent of a spotted leopard as they display golden brown and cream spots along the stone.

Important value factors to consider when evaluating Leopard Jasper is the saturation and richness of color, the beauty of the spots, and the design in which it is formed.

Common Cuts:
Leopard Jasper is most commonly and almost exclusively found cut into cabochons and beads.

Routine Enhancements:
Leopard Jasper is not known to be enhanced.

Care & Cleaning:
Jaspers are often sealed with petroleum products and therefore they should not be cleaned with water because it can remove the polish / seal. It is best to clean your Jasper jewelry with a soft dry cloth. As with most gemstones, Jaspers should be kept away from prolonged exposure to extremes of heat and household chemicals that can damage the stone. Always keep your Jasper jewelry in a fabric-lined box
away from other jewelry items in order to avoid damage / scratching.

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