Published July 2014  •  Updated February 2024  •  Read Time: 5 minutes
Rainforest Jasper is a beautiful green and brown Rhyolite found only in Queensland, Australia.  While most of Australia is a dry desert, Queensland boasts an ancient rainforest.  Because Rainforest Jasper has such a high silica content, it often has spots of pure quartz, like little pools of water, hidden in the forest.  Energetically, it is one of the very best stones for connecting to mother nature, especially animals  It is a perfect stone for anyone with a pet who want to communicate better with our furry, feathered or scaly friends.  It encourages us to be a champion and protector of the earth, and of all creatures great and small.

Rainforest Jasper

Rainforest Jasper Meaning

Spiritual Healing Properties

Rainforest Jasper connects us to the web of life and helps us to realize that we are a part of nature and play an integral role within it. Rainforest Jasper is a wonderful stone for attracting devas and other nature spirits. It is particularly good for helping maintain a spiritual state once it has been reached, making it an intriguing meditation stone.

Metaphysical Properties Rainforest Jasper
Chakra All
Element Earth
Numerology 6 and 8
Zodiac Leo and Capricorn

Emotional Healing Properties

Rainforest Jasper strengthens feelings of self-respect and self-value. With it we can more clearly see and accept ourselves as we currently are, without longing for a purer past or better future. Instead, we stay in the present moment and find what has value within it. Rainforest Jasper brings feelings of hope, renewal, and energy. It is a wonderful stone to work with if you suffer from depression, nature-deficit disorder, or have need to more actively engage in the life around you.

Mental Healing Properties

Rainforest Jasper makes us more aware of our inner strength and ability to deal with difficult life circumstances. It helps us to stay calm and concentrate on what is most important. It is a highly creative stone, especially for anyone whose creativity is consciously being connected to their spiritual life.

Physical Healing Properties

Rainforest Jasper is thought to fortify the immune system. In particular is often used to help treat influenza, colds and minor infections. It has also been used to help detoxify the body and treat the liver.

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Rainforest Jasper Mineralogy

Where does Rainforest Jasper come from?

Rainforest Jasper is found only in Australia.

Mining and Treatments

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

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

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Mineral Family

Despite the name, Rainforest 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.”   Rainforest Jasper is Rhyolite that contains small spherulites, semi-crystalline areas.  These sperulites can be round or have a jagged star-like appearance.

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

Rainforest Jasper Formation and Crystal Associates

Rainforest 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.

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

Mineralogy Rainforest Jasper
Rock Type Igneous Rock (Rhyolite)
Major Minerals Feldspar, Quartz
Minor Minerals Natural Glass
Color Green and brown
Texture Porphyritic
Transparency Opaque
Special Features

History of Rainforest 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.

Rainforest Jasper is a Rhyolite, a type of extrusive igneous rock formed on the surface of the earth by molten magma following a volcanic eruption.  Rainforest 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.  Rainforest Jaspers are green and brown, and often have large spots of Quartz.

This pretty gem is found only in Queensland, Australia.  It is in the northeastern part of the country and includes the world famous Great Barrier Reef.  While most of Australia is desert, it does have a few rainforests, including Daintree National Park in Queensland. Once upon a time, the forest covered all of Australia but it has been shrinking for millions of years. The forest was named after Richard Daintree (1832-1878) an Australian geologist and photographer.  He was hired by the government to look for gold and coal for exploitation.  Because the forest is an important habitat for many unique species, there is an increasingly keen interest in  protecting it.  Privately owned land in the area is being systematically purchased for conservation.  In 2021, the Kuku Yalanji, the Australian aboriginal people who are native to the rainforest, made a historic deal with the Queensland territory government.  The Kuku Yalanji have been legally reestablished as the custodians of the rainforest, including the entire national park.

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