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The Many Uses of Jasper Stone
Jasper is an impure form of silica, usually red, yellow, brown or green in color; and rarely blue. The common red color is due to iron inclusions. It breaks with a smooth surface, and can be polished to a high luster. Jasper takes a good polish and is used for vases, seals, snuff boxes, engraving, and other decorative objects. It has also been used for bowls, bowls, dishes, ashtrays and various small objects.
Jasper is an opaque rock of virtually any color stemming from the mineral content of the original sediments or ash. Patterns arise during the consolidation process forming flow and depositional patterns in the original silica rich sediment or volcanic ash. Hydrothermal circulation may also deposit sedimentary jasper in fractures deep below the Earth's surface. Weathering of jasper occurs in stages as minerals are mildly weathered to form new compounds such as clays. Eventually deeper weathering transforms jasper into clay minerals.
Jasper is considered a gemstone. It was once thought that Jasper was related to quartz but studies have since proven this not to be true. Jasper can be found all over the world including Canada, United States (Oregon), Poland (Krakow-Czestochowa Upland), Russia (Ural Mountains), Madagascar, India, Indonesia (Java), Egypt Tunisia and Australia (Kimberley region). The type of Jasper found in a particular location depends on the local bedrock composition which influences both the color and appearance of the Jasper deposits. This makes for interesting variety in pattern and coloration which lends itself well to lapidary work such as cabochons, beads carvings or ornamental objects. Common colors include reds from iron staining, yellows from clay deposition between cells of buried logs (Bumble Bee Jasper), greens from chlorite or serpentine inclusions; blues & grays from carbonaceous material such as charcoal; blacks from manganese oxide or hematite; whites from calcium carbonate deposition as stalactites or stalagmites; pink from Rhodochrosite inclusion & purples & mauves come primarily from manganese staining."
Jasper is an interesting stone that can be found in many different colors around the world. It is commonly used for lapidary work such as cabochons, beads carvings or ornamental objects because of its interesting pattern and coloration.