Published June 2014  •  Updated February 2024  •  Read Time: 6 minutes
Despite the name, Leopardskin Jasper is not a true Jasper.  It’s actually a Rhyolite, a spotted igneous rock with a high silica content that can have a bright shine when polished.  Depending on where the Rhyollite is mined, it can have a wide variety of colors and marketing names.  The ones called Leopardskin Jasper are typically from Mexico, Peru or the United States.  Since leopards don’t roam this part of the world, but jaguars do, the stone is sometimes called Jaguar Stone.  Energetically, these pretty spotted stones have a fiercely brave energy.  It encourages us to go after our dreams and to use our power to protect those in need.

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Leopardskin Jasper Meaning

Spiritual Healing Properties

Leopardskin Jasper is a dynamic healing crystal that can help us achieve our most lofty goals. It has a strong and warm grounding energy that helps us to feel safe and competent.  It is remarkably versatile, helping us to be comfortable pursuing numerous paths, both spiritual and secular, without feeling out-of-balance or in conflict.  Leopardskin Jasper reminds us that we are highly capable and to trust ourselves to make good choices and correct ourselves as needed.  It roars with approval every time we dare to stand up for ourselves and others.  It loudly demands that we work, not just wish, to make the world a kinder and more just place.

Metaphysical Properties Leopardskin Jasper
Chakra Root, Sacral and Heart
Element Earth
Numerology 6
Zodiac Capricorn and Leo

Emotional Healing Properties

Leopardskin Jasper ignites a bright and powerful courage in our lives.  It first and foremost, helps us to take responsibility for ourselves and our actions.  It also helps us to take better care of our own; whether that means our family, our community or even the whole wide world.  Leopardskin Jasper gives us great heart, so we can love freely, deeply and widely.  Like all Jaspers, Leopardskin Jasper has a strong nurturing energy.  In the case of Leopardskin Jasper specifically, this nurturing resembles a mama cat protecting her young from harm and giving them the lessons they need to become powerful and successful adults.  It has a highly protective energy field, which provides a subtle “don’t mess with me” vibration that helps keep negative people at a distance.  Leopardskin Jasper increases our self-confidence, while reducing any urge to sulk, brag, or act poorly.  It encourages us to feel like and act like our best selves.

Mental Healing Properties

Leopardskin Jasper encourages us to be ruthless honest with ourselves and to banishes illusions and delusions.  Rather than wishing life was different or trying to rewrite past events to show ourselves in a better light, it gives us the courage to accept what truly is.  Leopardskin Jasper helps us to be mentally brave; willing to look at the “hard stuff”, accept responsibility when appropriate and make tough decisions. It reminds us that we don’t have to enjoy reality, but we do need to acknowledge it.  When we are honest about the past and our current situation, we can then make different choices and create a new future reality that is more to our satisfaction.  Leopardskin Jasper sparks creative problem-solving and ingenuity.

Physical Healing Properties

Leopardskin Jasper is recommended for increasing physical prowess and confidence.  It helps us to reach our apex power so we can run faster, jump higher, hit harder, and be agile in any environment.  It encourages us to train our body well, for strength and mobility, so we can be ready for any challenge.  Leopardskin Jasper pushes us to commit to daily physical movement and to get rid of bad habits like smoking and junk food.  In the bedroom, Leopardskin Jasper helps us to have confidence in our sexual performance and to have more fun.

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Leopardskin Jasper Mineralogy

Where does Leopardskin Jasper come from?

Leopardskin Jasper is a type of Orbicular Jasper found in Mexico, Peru, and the United States.  Orbicular Jasper that comes from Madagascar is marketed as Ocean Jasper.

Mining and Treatments

Leopardskin Jasper is found at its primary deposit, and is often mined at a surface level or in shallow trenches.

All of these Jaspers are natural, enhanced only by cutting and polishing.

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Mineral Family

Despite the name, Leopdardskin Jasper is not a true Jasper.  It’s actually a Rhyolite, a type of igneous rock.  As an easy way to understand the difference, think of rocks as being like cookies and minerals as being the ingredients which make up those cookies. Many different minerals are used to create a rock!  Many Rhyolites have a high silica content which gives them a high shine when polished.  Some of the more colorful varieties are sold on the market, often labeled as a “Jasper.”  This is the case with Leopardskin Jasper which is a combination of Quartz and Feldspar, with lots of trace minerals that give the stones its colorful appearance.

Leopardskin Jasper’s energy works well with its family – other Rhyolites.  Try it in combination with Kambaba Jasper, Ocean Jasper, and Rainforest Jasper

Leopardskin Jasper Formation and Crystal Associates

Leopardskin Jasper is a type of extrusive igneous rock, formed on the surface of the earth by molten magma due to a volcanic eruption. There are five types of igneous rocks created by lava: Basalt, Obsidian, Rhyolite, Trachyte, and Andesite. Other types of igneous rocks, such as Granite, are created by processes deep within the earth. Rhyolite is a relatively rare volcanic rock, almost exclusively found in the interiors of continents. Most Rhyolites are porphyritic and contain large Quartz crystals or other varieties of crystals in an extremely fine-grained matrix. This indicates that these crystals were already being formed before the lava flowed onto the surface.

Leopardskin Jasper’s energy works well with its “friends” – crystal associates formed in the same geological environment.  Try it in combination with Rhodochrosite.

Mineralogy Leopardskin Jasper
Rock Type Igneous Rock (Rhyolite)
Major Minerals Feldspar, Quartz
Minor Minerals Natural Glass
Color All Colors
Texture Porphyritic
Transparency Opaque

History of Leopardskin Jasper

The name “Jasper” is a generic name given to any spotted or multicolored stone.  It comes from the French word jaspre, which literally means “spotted or speckled stone”   Some Jaspers are “true Jaspers,” meaning they are an opaque variety of spotted Chalcedony, like Brecciated Jasper.  However, monochromatic chalcedony, such as Red Jasper and multicolored chalcedony without spots, like Desert Jasper, are often called Jaspers as well.  The name Jasper is also given to a variety of spotted igneous rocks.  Because so many different types of stones may be referred to as a Jasper, it is difficult to know exactly which stone is being referenced in ancient and medieval writings.

Leopardskin Jasper is a Rhyolite, a type of extrusive igneous rock formed on the surface of the earth by molten magma following a volcanic eruption.  Leopardskin Jasper belongs to a group of Rhyolites that are collectively known as Orbicular Jasper.  These are highly silicified Rhyolites in which minerals, typically Quartz and Feldspar, crystallize in thin needle-like crystals, that fan out in a circle to form spots.  Orbicular Jaspers can be a dull or brightly colorful depending on which minerals and trace inclusions are present.  Leopardskin Jaspers tend to be pink, red and tan and is named after the spotted cat.

The name Leopardskin Jasper has been in use since at least the 1990s.  In recent years, the name Jaguar Stone has become increasingly popular.  Leopardskin Jasper is found only in the Americas, while leopards are found in Africa and Asia.  Someone noticed this geographical fact, and pointed out that since jaguars are native to the Americas, the stone should be renamed to match.

Jaguars are the third largest cat, after tigers and lions and a supreme apex predator of the Americas.  It is an exceptionally versatile hunter, comfortable in trees, on open land, and in water.  While other big cats go for the throat, a jaguar will leap straight on the head and crush its prey’s braincase!  Today, most Jaguars are in South and central America, with a smaller population in Mexico.  In recent years, a few jaguars have crossed over the border into the United States.  This is historical territory for the cats, but they were hunted into extinction in the 20th century.  The most famous of the US jaguars is a male known as El Jefe (the boss) who has been caught on camera around Tucson, Arizona.  He was last spotted in 2022 on the other side of the border in Mexico.

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