About Red Brecciated Jasper
Red Brecciated Jasper is also known as the stone of passion and poppy jasper.
Jasper is an opaque variety of Chalcedony, microcrystalline fibrous Quartz. Brecciated Jasper comes from Greek word iaspi meaning "spotted stone" it is red with white streaks. During formation, Red Jasper was broken and crystals of hematite and/or quartz filled in the cracks creating beautiful lines, colors, and patterns within the stone. Giving it its name, Red Brecciated Jasper. It is mostly deep red, veined or patterned with red and with brown, black and beige, sometimes containing clear crystal inclusions. Hematite, an iron compound, gives it both its red tones and dark bands.
Egyptian priests wore Jasper in amulets that were covered with inscriptions from the Book of the Dead. They also wrapped mummies with it for protection in the afterlife. The Minoans of Crete used Jasper to carve seals for the palace of Knossos. The 12th stone in the breastplate of the Hebrew High Priest was Jasper and is said to be the foundation stone of New Jerusalem.
Found: all over the world including deposits in the United States, Egypt, Brazil, Australia, India, Canada, Russia, Uruguay, Madagascar, Kazakhstan, France, and Germany
Specific Gravity: 2.5 - 2.9
Refractive Index: Approximately 1.54
Chemical Composition: SiO2
Mohs Scale: 6.5 to 7
Care of Red Brecciated jasper
Red Brecciated Gemstone is a variation of Jasper and a member of the quartz family. While a durable stone, remove jewelry before playing sports or any other activity leading to perspiration. Jaspers can be porous. Clean jasper jewelry with a soft dry cloth to preserve polish. Wash with warm, soapy water and a soft cloth or soft brush. Dry thoroughly.
Avoid prolonged exposure to extreme heat, as prolonged heat is used to change color in quartzes.
Store in a soft case away from hard objects to avoid being scratched.
Metaphysical Properties associated with Red Brecciated Jasper
*All metaphysical or healing properties listed below are collected from various sources. The validity of the information is not guaranteed nor expresses the artist's views. This compiled information is offered as a service for those interested in potential metaphysical properties and not meant to treat medical conditions.