(Said excitedly and with jazz hands.)
You know, like, "Just Jack!" from the TV show, Will & Grace.
Yes! Jasper is that exciting!
I tried to find out exactly how many different types of Jasper actually exist.
I don't think anyone truly knows.
I tried to list all the Jaspers with which I am familiar:
Picture, Red, Dalmatian, Zebra, Pink Zebra, Red, Brecciated, Ocean, Porcelain, Owyhee, Rainforest, Kambaba, Elephant Skin, Pink Elephant Skin, Silverleaf, Red Muger, Imperial, Noreena, Picasso, Red Creek, & . . .
I wanted to continue, but I got distracted.
I have seen heated discussions over if a stone truly is a Jasper.
Even if that issue gets resolved, there's also the matter of the variety of Jasper.
While researching for this post, I checked Wikipedia and I disagree with their example of Orbicular Jasper. I think it's Ocean Jasper.
Well, when looking for that answer, I discovered a site where Ocean Jasper is called Orbicular Ocean Jasper.
So, is Ocean Jasper a form of Orbicular Jasper?
I looked at the mountain of articles and arguments in front of me and
opted to bow out gracefully.
Are you overwhelmed too?
Truthfully, I'm more than happy to step aside and let worthy doctoral candidates defend their positions on all of Jasper's minutiae.
According to www.minerals.net, Jasper is an opaque form of Chalcedony and
Chalcedony is a microcrystalline variety of Quartz.
(Microcrystalline is a fancy word for really, really small crystals.)
It's the impurities, such as Iron, that give us all of the different varieties.
If you want it to be so, it's just that simple.
On a metaphysical level, Jasper has been prized since ancient times for its
strong healing, nurturing, grounding abilities.
Beyond that, each specific type of Jasper has it's own set of properties.
There are any number of books and websites that can give you more information.
I own several books on the subject.
I have really enjoyed my most recent purchase,
The Book of Stones, Revised Edition: Who They Are and What They Teach
by Robert Simmons and Naisha Ahsian.
What matters most to the designer in me is that Jasper is beautiful.
I just love to see the "eyes" in my favorite pieces of Ocean Jasper, the speckles of Dalmatian Jasper, the mottled greens and browns of Rainforest Jasper, &
the pinks and purples of Porcelain Jasper.
They all inspire me and I am happy to share with you the products of that inspiration.
In this case, I have been inspired to create over 20, different
pieces of jewelry with Jasper.
Please keep scrolling to see them all for yourself.
I consulted the following websites: