The name jasper means ‘spotted or speckled stone’. Jasper is a mineral formed from quartz. Quartz is the most common type of mineral that makes up about 12 percent of the earth’s crust.
While jasper is extremely common, it is also extremely beautiful and has been used since ancient times for ornamental jewelry as well as bowls and other necessities.
Jasper comes in varieties known by many different names, such as picture, snakeskin, brecciated, galaxy and rainforest. These names are descriptive of the stone’s pattern or color. Jasper is usually dyed dark red, brown, green or yellow
From earliest times, jasper has been used by man for practical purposes, adornment and magical practices. As a scone that fractures to leave a conchoidal form, it became an important material for Stone Age man who used it for making cools, such as arrowheads.