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jasper - ubiquitous stone of antiquity

yellow jasper

jasper & green garnet choker

compositionsilicon dioxide
name sourcepossibly from the Latin iaspis, meaning "spotted stone," but originally thought to be from the orient
folkloric aliases"mother of all stones," "supreme nurturer"
color red, brown, pink, yellow, green, grey/white and shades of blue
color sourcechemical impurities
significant sourcesworld-wide; western areas of the US (California, Idaho, Oregon, Utah, Wyoming and Washington)
MOH scale7
care and treatmentWash in warm soapy water. Can also clean in ultra sonic jewelry cleaner if stone is not dyed.