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Jasper's name means "spotted stone", referring to the gemstone's highly decorative, natural patterns. Jasper is a type of quartz mineral that contains a high percentage of organic material that determines its color and appearance. Jasper gemstones can be red, brown, green or yellow. The stone's patterns vary greatly as well, appearing as specks, bands, stripes, spots, flames, spheres or orbs. Sometimes jasper is called "landscape jasper" if the stone's pattern resembles a natural landscape, like peaks of mountains, ripples of a pond or hills of a desert.
Jasper is an ancient stone and is mentioned in the bible. Legend has it that jasper can ward off evil spirits and protect against snake and spider bites.
Jasper is sometimes used to create bowls and other decorative objects, and has been used to adorn buildings, such as the Saint Wenceslas Chapel in Prague.
Our jasper jewelry highlights the gemstone's earthy appeal, taking care to show off each stone's unique patterns and colors. Visit the Ross-Simons' web site to sample our latest selection of jasper necklaces, bracelets and earrings.
Ross-Simons' jewelry designers look to jasper to add warmth and dimension to necklaces, bracelets and earrings. The stone's natural markings lend each piece of jasper jewelry a one-of-a-kind quality that can't be duplicated. Depending on the setting used, jasper jewelry can have a relaxed, everyday feel or set an elegant, sophisticated tone.
Jasper is found worldwide, with certain colors or patterns unique to specific locations. Gem-quality jasper most often comes from the western parts of the United States (Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming and Washington), Australia, Madagascar, India and Mexico.
Jasper is made up of tiny quartz crystals colored by different mineral impurities and is hard enough (6.5-7 on the Mohs scale) to be suitable for all types of jewelry. Stones are usually made into cabochons and reflect a beautiful polished finish. Jasper jewelry requires little care — clean with warm water and a soft cloth and store in your Ross-Simons presentation box when not in use.