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Sometimes used interchangeably with the name "Poppy Jasper", Brecciated Jasper tends to be the darker form of this stone: deep reds, many shades of browns, and tans characterize this stone. As in all jaspers, the stone is opaque. You may very occasionally see a patch of translucent (uncolored) agate in some Brecciated or Poppy Jasper items.
This jasper has black and brown spots on a beige to tan background - and is named after the coat of the Dalmation dog breed, which is similar in appearance.
This picture shows only part of the color range that you may find in Fancy Jasper. In large flat pieces, like donuts, you tend to get mostly one color in the piece, similar to the picture shown. In round beads, you tend to get a mix of colors on the strand, usually about 1/3 are darker green tones, and the rest will be a mixture of colors. This gemstone is sometimes referred to as "India Agate", even though it is usually opaque.
Leopardskin Jasper is the easiest gemstone to identify. First, it has those wonderful leopard-like spots in tones of browns, creams and often in pinks. If you are still not sure, sniff it! If if smells faintly like gasoline, you know for certain (well ventilated Leopardskin will lose this smell after a while).
Ocean Jasper is volcanic in origin. The gemstone is rich in silica and is the product of a rhyolitic flow (compare the patterns in this stone to those found in Rhyolite). The rough gemstone comes from a deposit in Madagascar. It can have a huge range of color variation - from white, grey and beige, to pinks and yellows, to a vast range of green tones.
Picture Jasper is a chalcedony that is rendered opaque by iron ore. The iron deposits form facinating patterns of creams, browns and grey/blacks that can look like an abstract painting. Sometimes, this jasper is also called Landscape Jasper because the patterns can look like trees or other landscape features. Picture jasper is a petrified or silicated mud that dripped into gas pockets in molten lava. It became superheated and then solidified forming the unusual banded patterns which are typical of this stone.
Morgan Hill Poppy Jasper is a famous, but increasingly rare orbicular jasper with red and yellow dots of "poppy flowers". It is a brecciated jasper, meaning it probably came from sun-dried and oxidized iron-rich clay. The cracks were filled in by other substances.
Jasper is from the chalcedony/quartz group. It is a microcrystalline variety of quartz that contains up to 20% foreign material. These materials are what determine the color and appearance of the stone. Also because of the foreign materials, jasper is rarely uniform in color, it is usually multicolored, striped, and/or spotted.
Jaspers of all kinds have long been attributed magical powers in just about every culture known to man. Jasper was used in Ancient European times as a "rain bringer" and it is interesting to note that the word for jasper in some American Indian cultures also meant, "Rain Bringer".
Morgan Hill poppy jasper is found in the area of Morgan Hill, California, USA. Other popular jaspers are found in Germany, India, Russia, Pakistan, France and the USA as well as many other countries.
Poppy Jasper acts somewhat like adrenaline, waking up and energizing areas of the body that appear to be sleeping. It is believed to encourage a deep connection with the life of the Earth. It inspires a positive, joyful attitude and gives the motivation and energy to take creative action.
Jasper was thought to drive away evil spirits and protect against snake and spider bites
This jasper features a multitude of greens, with occasional leopard-like spots of cream, brown or even orange. Other gemstone stock can be primarily brown, with tan and cream-colored markings. Sometimes, the name of this stone is also spelled "Ryolite".
Red Jasper is a brick red jasper that can vary between quite dark reddish brown to a rather bright red. It can occasionally include inclusions of white/creamy agate or thin black lines.