Monday, June 7, 2010

Ocean Jasper

Gemstone:
Ocean Jasper

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

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

Chemical Symbol:
SiO2

Chemical Make-up:
Jasper is a microcrystalline variety of 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 derived from the Persian word 'yashp'. Ocean Jasper is mined near the ocean, hence the name.

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 the 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.

Ocean Jasper is said to be a soothing stone that can aid in the healing of emotions, and to bring peace of mind. In addition to this, Jasper is believed to increase patience, bring acceptance to responsibility, and to help one to love one's self and others as well.

Availability:
Ocean Jasper is a recently discovered gemstone that is enjoying increasing popularity and demand. Currently supply meets demand, though deposits may possibly dry up in the future.

Sources:
Ocean Jasper was recently discovered along the north-west coast of Madagascar, where it is mined along the ocean during low tide.

Evaluation:
Ocean Jasper is rated at 6.5 to 7 on the Moh's Scale of Hardness and should be protected from scratches and sharp blows. Ocean Jasper, being volcanic in origin, is rich in silica and is the product of rhyolitic flow. It can exhibit beautiful orbicular patterns and a range of color variations from white, gray and beige, to pink and yellow, to a vast array of green tones.

The value of Ocean Jasper is determined by the saturation and richness of the colors, the beauty of the exhibited patterns, and the design in which it is formed.

Common Cuts:
Jasper has been used for sculptures, bowls, vases, seals, and other ornamentation purposes dating back thousands of years. As a gemstone, Ocean Jasper is most commonly found cut into cabochons and beads.

Routine Enhancements:
There are no known enhancements for Ocean Jasper.

Care & Cleaning:
Jaspers are often sealed with petroleum products therefore they should not be cleaned with water because it can remove the coating / polish. 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 scratching / damage.

2 comments:

  1. I made a lengthy comment on this stone under the heading "Sea Jasper."

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  2. Since 2011 ocean jasper that has been dyed is now being offered. These stones have been dyed and cut in China, so the available colors should be a surprise to no one: hot pink, bright blue, grass green, sunny yellow, pinky purple, and "peachblow," a kind of pastel orange. Usually, the stones so dyed are more or less monochromatic, without that rainbow of natural colors that natural ocean jasper shows.

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