Connect deeply with the consciousness of the Earth.
Stimulate inner journeying, dream work, and meditation.
Feel protected and safe, knowing you are truly loved.
Live in balance within yourself and in your environment.
Let Picture Jasper evoke Earth Goddess energies!
Mineralogy of Picture Jasper
Mineral Family: Tectosilicate
Chemical Composition: SiO2
Color: Mainly tan
Crystal System: Hexagonal/Trigonal
Fracture: Splintery, conchoidal
Location: Jasper is found throughout the world. The most notable deposits are found in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Egypt, India, Kazakhstan, Madagascar, Russia, South Africa, United States, and Uruguay.
Mineral Family: True Jasper is a Silicate mineral. However, “jasper” is a term that is often used to describe any spotted stone. As such many varieties of spotted Rhyolite, a type of igneous rock, are misrepresented as Jaspers, for example, “Ocean Jasper” or “Leopardskin Jasper.” From a geological point of view, only spotted microcrystline Quartz may be properly referred to as Jasper. True Jasper is a tiny twig on a far off branch of the crystal tree, scientifically it is a “subdivision of a subdivision of a subdivision, of a subdivision of a subdivision!” Silicate minerals form the largest family of minerals, including more than 25% of all known minerals and 40% of all common minerals. In addition to being a major part of the Earth’s crust, Silicate minerals have also been found on the moon and in meteorites. Silicates are minerals which contain the elements Silicon (a light gray shiny metal) and Oxygen (a colorless gas). Together, these two elements form a tetrahedra – a shape similar to a pyramid – with a Silicon atom in the center and Oxygen atoms at each of the three corners. These tetrahedras connect with other chemical structures, in six different ways, to form various minerals and rocks. There are six main groups of Silicate minerals, and these main groups are further subdivided into secondary subdivisions, such as Quartz and Feldspar. Quartz is a large mineral family in its own right, and has two main subdivisions, macrocrystalline (crystals that are large enough to be seen by the naked eye, for example, Amethyst) and microcrystalline (crystals so small they can only be seen through a microscope, for example Agate). All microcrystalline Quartz fall under the subcategory of Chalcedony, which is then further subdivided. One of these categories is Jasper. Picture Jasper is distinguished by its tan color and black lines.
Formation: True Jasper is opaque Quartz with numerous inclusions. Clear Quartz forms when silica acid solidifies in igneous rocks. Jasper, by contrast, forms when silica acid penetrates clay or sand, and solidifies in sedimentary rocks. Where the silica acid cools it hardens into Quartz, but with the addition of millions of tiny particles of sand, clay, and other minerals. These inclusions give Jasper their brilliant colors and random markings. Picture Jasper is a wonderful example of true Jasper form in monochromatic sand, with each color signify a different foreign inclusion.
Mining: Typically mined from the primary deposits which still have their original relationship with the host rock.
Enhancements: All Jaspers are natural, enhanced only by tumbling, cutting, and polishing.
History of Picture Jasper
The name “Jasper” is a generic name given to any spotted stone as well as most semi-transparent or opaque Chalcedony. As a result, it can be difficult to know exactly which stone is being referenced in ancient and medieval writings. Picture Jasper is a type of brown Jasper whose specific healing energies have only recently been explored.
Healing Properties of Picture Jasper
Spiritual: Picture Jasper provides us with a strong connection to Mother Earth and Earth Goddess energies. It can be used for past-life work and to help us understand previous times and experiences. Picture Jasper evokes harmony and balance, making it a wonderful stone for group work. Picture Jasper is attuned to the Root and Third Eye Chakra and linked to the astrological sign of Leo. It is connected to the element Earth and vibrates to the number 7.
Emotional: Picture Jasper helps us to emotionally reconnect with our planet. It is a wonderful stone for treating nature-deficit disorder and feelings of disconnect. Picture Jasper encourages us to live in balance, in our lives, our environment, and in our interactions with others. It can bring to the surface long hidden feelings, both negative and positive, so we can express them and work through them. Like all Jaspers, Picture Jasper has a very nurturing energy which can help alleviate fear and bring great comfort.
Mental: Picture Jasper brings a sense of proportion to our thinking habits, helping us resist the impulse to exaggerate or dismiss the extent of real situations. It helps us to see the “big picture” and gives us clues to how we might deal with the details. Picture Jasper is a particularly helpful stone for anyone engaged in an earth science or restoration career.
Physical: Picture Jasper is said to support bone health and help cleanse the kidneys. It has been commonly used to help stimulate the immune system and increase overall health.
Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.
Ethically Sourced Picture Jasper
The Miners sell to a rough Gem Dealer/Exporter.
The Exporter sells to a Lapidary.
The Lapidary sells directly to Moonrise Crystals.
Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.
The Supply Chain
The Supply Chain is clean and relatively short.
The Mine and the Lapidary are located in different countries, with one middleman involved.
This Blue Chalcedony was artisanally-mined in the Kalahari Desert, Namibia
The exact deposit is unknown, but most likely caused only minor environmental damage
and had relatively safe conditions for workers.
Learn More: Ethical Mining
This Blue Chalcedony was polished in Cape Town, South Africa.
The Lapidary is a family-owned business, founded by father and passed on to his sons.
Factory workers have safe conditions and are paid fairly.
The Lapidary is also the direct-importer & sells primarily at large gem shows.
Learn More: Ethical Lapidary
I have been doing business with this source since the earliest days in my business. They are a major tumbling company and have more varieties, in more sizes, than any other known source. The owners visit many small and industrial-size mines personally. For artisanal-mined deposits in sub-Sahara Africa, the owners work with Gem Dealers who deal directly with the part-time miners. The majority of these Gem Dealers are women.
Some, but not all, of their stones are labeled with country-of-origin. For those that aren’t, I have to ask the owners personally. They tend to get impatient with questions. As I’ve learned more about mining practices in individual countries, I have become increasingly selective about what I will purchase from them. However, they remain my preferred source for most of sub-Sahara Africa.
Picture Jasper Tumbled Stone
Color: Brown. This is a 100% natural stone, so minor variations are part of their unique beauty.
Size: 1 inch, or a little bit bigger
Weight: 1 oz
Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days. International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.
Safe Handling of Picture Jasper
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