Rock Type: Sedimentary – Chert
Major Minerals: Fuchsite and Red Jasper

Color: Green and red
Gravity: 2.6
Hardness: 7
Luminescence: None
Texture: Non-clastic
Transparency: Opaque

Where does Dragon’s Blood Jasper come from?

Dragon’s Blood Jasper is found exclusively in Western Australia.  Despite the similarity in name and appearance, it is not to be confused with a healing crystal called Dragonstone found in South Africa.

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What is Dragon’s Blood Jasper?

Dragon’s Blood Jasper is not a mineral, but rather a rock. An easy way to understand the difference is that rocks are like cookies and minerals are ingredients like flour or sugar. Many different minerals are used to create a rock! In the case of Dragon’s Blood Jasper it is a Chert, a fine-grained sedimentary rock composed of micro- or cryptocrysalline quartz.  Chert is usually gray or brown, but occasionally it is green or red, usually due to traces of iron in the sediment.  In this case, the rock’s green coloring is actually from chromium.  When found in its purest form it is a phyllosilicate mineral called Fuchsite. The red inclusions are from pockets of high-iron concentrate in silicate, more commonly known as Red Jasper.

How is Dragon’s Blood Jasper formed?

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Dragon’s Blood Jasper, Western Australia

There are two main types of sedimentary rocks.  Those formed by solid clasts such as clay, silt and sand and those formed by ions of native elements in solution, such as a sodium- or copper-rich silica.  Dragon’s Blood Jasper is formed in the latter way, by chromium-rich silica which hardens into a fuchsitic chert.  Australia is known as the Red Continent due to the high presence of iron in the soil.  When the green fuchsitic chert is formed in Australia, it sometimes includes small pockets and veins of iron-rich silica which transforms into Red Jasper.  This results in a mostly green stone, with red inclusions running through it.

How is Dragon’s Blood Jasper mined?

Dragon’s Blood Jasper was originally mined as a decorative stone within an iron ore mine.  It is currently also sourced from nearby mines which are focused specifically on decorative stones like Dragon’s Blood Jasper and Mookaite Jasper.

Is Dragon’s Blood Jasper natural?

All Dragon’s Blood Jaspers are natural, enhanced only by cutting and polishing.

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Atlas Iron Mine, Pilbara Region, Western Australia