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Jasper

Landscape in stone

Jasper is an ornamental rock composed mostly of chalcedony, microcrystalline quartz, in association with other minerals, which give it colourful bands and patterns.

Jasper was a favourite gem in the ancient world; its name can be traced back in Hebrew, Assyrian, Persian, Greek and Latin.

Jasper is often named according to its pattern: landscape jasper, the most popular, offers a small panorama in stone. Ribbon jasper, picture jasper, and orbicular jasper are the names of other varieties. Jasper is found in many countries.

It is sometimes used to create bowls and other objects and to adorn buildings, such as the Saint Wenceslas Chapel in Prague.


                   Gem by Gem

Agate
Amber
Amethyst
Ametrine
Aquamarine
Beryls
Bloodstone
Blue Zircon Cambolite
Chalcedony
Chrome Diopside
Chrysoberyl
Citrine
Coral
Emerald
Fire Opal
Garnet
Green Tourmaline
Iolite
Jade
Jasper
Kunzite
Lapis Lazuli
Larimar
Mandarin Garnet
Moonstone
Morganite
Multicolor Tourmaline
Opal
Paraiba Tourmaline
Pearl
Peridot
Quartz
Rock Crystal Quartz
Rose Quartz
Ruby
Sapphire
Spinel
Tanzanite
Topaz
Tourmaline
Tsavorite
Turquoise
Zircon

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