Jasper is one of those gemstones that everyone should know about. That being said, jasper stones come in a wide variety of colors and intricate patterns, meaning you might even have come across one without even realizing it! Not only is it beautiful to look at, but it can also be a powerful aid in times of stress.
Jasper is a smooth, opaque and impure gemstone. Although it is most commonly associated with the color red, it comes in a variety of colors. A safer bet for how to identify it is to look for a stone with a shiny surface and a speckled pattern underneath. Jasper is almost always multicolored, with a unique and consistent pattern habit. The color palette is usually along the earth color spectrum, with commons colors being red, brown, yellow or green. On the odd occasion, you’ll find a blue jasper stone which is a real treat.
There is a multitude of types. Jasper can be found all over the world on all seven continents. Some forms get their names from their colors: red jasper, green jasper, and yellow jasper.
Others are named for their patterns: picture, zebra, leopard, Picasso.
Types of Jaspers:
What does red jasper do and what is red jasper good for? The red of the stone responds to the Root chakra, the stabilizing force in the body.
The root is your grounding power. It brings peace of mind, especially when reinforced by red jasper. Bringing tranquility and eliminating anxiety are just two of the benefits of the stone. Bowel or bladder problems, low back pain, and foot pain can indicate an imbalance of the Root chakra.
The stone frees you of negative thoughts and emotions, allowing acceptance of the serenity of the sea. It relieves stress and aids in relaxation and meditation.
Spotted black on white, like a Dalmatian puppy, this stone is just as fun and playful as the puppy. Wearing this stone makes it hard to hold onto anger and hurt feelings, easier to let the negative feelings leave your body and mind, increasing your happiness.
It tends to relieve your fears about aging, allowing you to accept the changes in your body. It takes away negative thoughts. Removed from the negativity, the aging process often slows. Your attitude stays young, and your enjoyment of life increases.
A very positive stone, it helps to heal broken relationships. It promotes calmness, strength, and integrity within one’s self and between you and others around you.
Leopard Skin Japer
Spotted like leopard skin, this stone is more connected to the physical realm than the spiritual. Associated with the Root chakra, it gives us the strength and determination of the leopard during times of stress and physical illness.
One of the striped jaspers, black on white, zebra jasper helps to lift us out of lethargy and infuse us with energy. It focuses us on the present, preventing over-thinking, indecisiveness, and depression.
Bloodstone is a dark green Jasper with bright red spots of Red Jasper or iron oxide inclusions. Bloodstone formed when magma rose to the earth's surface and began cooling. It is believed to ward off bullying and can increase mental clarity and decision making.
Other types of Jasper:
Peacock Eye Jasper
Dendritic Sage Jasper
Jasper is known as the Supreme Nurturer, a stone that in all its manifestations and colors breathes a warm welcome and soothes the mind. Jasper brings joy and encourages the one who carries it to spread that joy to others. It allows the bearer to recognize those that are isolated and in need. When worn, jasper sharpens the mind and protects from both physical and psychological dangers. It brings peace and stillness during periods of stress and fear and bolsters courage, enabling the bearer to face life’s problems steadfastly.
Physical healing properties:
Jasper is known to help heal the liver, the spleen, the kidneys, the skin, and the bladder. It promotes the absorption of manganese and iron in the body. The ancients used it to relieve the pain and swelling of gout and to allay abdominal discomfort.
Jasper, especially green jasper, improves blood circulation and strengthens the heart.
The immune system is bolstered with a strong anti-inflammatory effect. Wearing the stone helps to detoxify environmental pollutants and radiation. It is a potent restorative for the entire body during prolonged ailments and helps to re-energize you in recovery. Its healing powers are notable in digestive and genitourinary diseases.
Emotional and mental healing properties:
Jasper stimulates the bearer to receive the warmth and joy of the stone. Inspiring creativity as well as assertiveness, the stone’s effects help to turn ideas into reality.
Jasper is the protecting stone, the shield that guards against negative emotions and promotes love and success.
Spiritual healing properties:
The stone is not only a shield for protection but also a mirror. Wearing jasper makes you more honest with others and with yourself. You will find it difficult to dissemble while wearing jasper. The stone seems to require that we be honorable.
Above all, it is a supportive stone. You will find the courage, and the determination to do what you have to do in life.