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Composed chieftly of chalcedony and quartz, jasper has a range of colors and patterns depending on the minerals which incorporated themselves during the formation process. With varieties such as feldspar jasper, landscape jasper, rainbow jasper, ribbon jasper, picture jasper, leopard jasper, and orbicular jasper, jasper can range from yellow, red, mahogany, green, and opaque.

Jasper was a favorite gemstone in the ancient world and its name can be found in ancient Hebrew, Assyrian, Greek, and Latin. Ancient Egyptians wore jasper to increase sexual desire. In the Middle Ages it was the warriors stone and legend has it that jasper adorned Balmung, sword to the Prince of the Netherlands, Siegfried. Jasper is a gift from God, according to the Bible, and will be the first stone of the New Jerusalem.

Mythologically, jasper is said to stimulate sexuality and fertility, as well as combat exhaustion. Red-brown jasper is used for treating ailments of the liver, spleen, and pancreas. Drinking water soaked with jasper an hour before dining is said to promote weight-loss.

Astrologically, jasper is associated with Aries and Virgo.

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