Jasper the gemstone associated with the birthstone month of January.
Jasper is associated with the zodiac signs of Aquarius and Leo.
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.
Dalmation Jasper is believed to be beneficial for relationships by seeing their
strengths and weaknesses, increasing loyalty, and removing illusions. As with most
Jasper varieties, Dalmation Jasper is believed to protect one from nightmares, depression,
and negative energies.