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Red Jasper

Red Jasper, a variety of chalcedony that is a type of quartz, is a semi-precious gemstone known for its rich, brick red colour. Its colouration is due to the presence of iron inclusions within its structure, and it sometimes contains other minerals which can create patterns or bands.

Jasper, in all its forms, has been used for thousands of years in decorative arts and jewelry. The hardness of jasper (a 6.5-7 on the Mohs scale) makes it a durable material suitable for carving, shaping, and polishing. It was frequently used in ancient times for seals, amulets, and vases, as well as in mosaic work.

Red Jasper, in particular, was highly valued in many cultures for its aesthetic appeal as well as symbolic meanings. In ancient Egypt, it was linked to the fertility of Isis, while the Greeks and Romans associated it with passion and love. In Native American tradition, it is considered a stone of protection and grounding.

In the decorative arts, Red Jasper is used to make a variety of objects, including vases, bowls, and other ornamental pieces. Its vibrant colour and the ability to take a high polish make it particularly suited for jewelry, where it is often cut as cabochons or beads.

The use of Red Jasper extends beyond the decorative arts. Its hardness and availability also make it a popular choice for use in the lapidary arts, where it can be cut and polished for use in jewelry. In addition to its decorative use, Red Jasper is often used in crystal healing practices, where it is believed to provide strength, vitality, and increased life force energy

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