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Jasper, in the original sense, means spotted or speckled stone, which comes from the Greek word iaspis, and Latin iaspidem. As one of the oldest known gemstones, Jasper was very popular in ancient times. It has been written about in Greek, Hebrew, Assyrian, Persian and Latin prints as well as in the Bible. But in those ancient times, what was referred to as jasper was a totally different stone from what we call jasper today; it referred only to the green transparent varieties. Nowadays Jasper is one of the birthstones for the Sun Sign of Virgo and the Mystical birthstone for the month of October. There are many varieties and names for jasper that make reference to its patterns or to its locations of origin.

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Jasper is opaque. This is a kind of fine-grained variety of Chalcedony. Because of its grainy structure, some scientists put it in a group by itself within the quartz group. As for jasper, it contains 80 percent chalcedony and 20 percent opal, quartz, and foreign minerals. There is rare jasper that in uniform color, with most of this kind of gemstone opaque, showing many different color patterns. From the foreign minerals, it form its colors, streaks, spots and appearance. There are more than 50 varieties of jasper, but the most prized jasper gemstones have a combination of red and green patterns. Jasper colors include red, brown, pink, yellow, green, gray, white and shades of blue and purple. It has a dull luster but when polished it develops a nice shine. Jasper sits at a 6.5 - 7 on the Mohs scale.

In veins and cracks of volcanic rocks, people can find jasper there, which is often together with chalcedony and agate. Veins of jasper occasionally occur in igneous rocks, for example, in granite. All jaspers are formed at least in two steps. Tiny particles settle first in layers, then the layers are bonded together with a liquid silica solution. Jasper may go through many more steps in its formation. Many jaspers are named for the region where they are found or for their color patters. Some names include: Picture, Red, Kambaba, Landscape, Biggs, Frog Skin, Zebra, Mookite, Brecciated Mookiate, Brecciated, Picasso, Artistic, Exotica, Succor, Wilow Creek, Dalmation, Cobra, Ghost's Eye, Dallasite, Dendritic, Stone Canyon, Plume, Bamboo, Lizard Skin, Polychrome, Desert, Ocean, Orbical, Poppy, Montana Bark, Snake Skin, Owyhee, Fancy, Spiderman, Starburst, Leopard Skin, Rainforest or Rhyolite, Morgan Hill Poppy, Burro Jasper.

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Permeated by some dendritic minerals, Jasper could provide the appearance of some vegetative growths. IT may have been fractured or probably distorted after formation, and then later rebonding into multiple discontinuous patterns or also filling with another material. Environmental factors or heat could have created surface rinds like varnish or interior stresses that led to fracturing.

Jasper may be in the area of making all types of decorative objects as well as jewelry. many people like to collect the beautiful gemstone, which is because of the different color patterns that it can posses. The gemstone will be a great choice when you are going to give it as a gift.

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