Jasper is an opaque impure variety of quartz found in many colors including white, brown, yellow, red and green. It is often striped speckled and multi colored. It can be polished and is used for vases seals and at one time for snuffboxes.
Jasper was a favorite gem in the ancient world. it can be traced back to Hebrew, Assyrian, Persian, Greek and Latin Cultures. Egyptian jasper is brown, appearing as nodules in the Libyan desert and in the Nile valley between the Red Sea and Cairo and distinguished by zones of light and dark shades of colors.
Jasper is a stone of gentleness and relaxation. It brings tranquility comfort and wholeness. It is sometimes called the nurturing stone for its protective energies. Psychically jasper is used to assist with astral travel. In the physical realm, jasper is soothing for the liver gall bladder, and stomach and for balancing yin-yang energies.