A tumbled stone in a silver round cage pendant with black leather cord. Information: Category: Stone Chemical Formula: SiO2 Colour: red Class: Silicate, microcrystalline Group: Hexagonal Formations: nodes in volcanic rock, banded masses and geodes Lustre: vitreous, opaque Cleavage: none Varieties: Jaspers are an opaque variety of Chalcedony, which is a fibrous variety of Quartz. There are many varieties of Jasper, classified by colour, locality etc. Brief Description: Jasper is an opaque variety of Chalcedony, which is a variety of microcrystalline fibrous Quartz. The colour is due to minute quantities of various elements; and Jaspers are in every colour and variation. Jaspers have very many names depending on colour, locality, patterning, such as red, leopardskin, yellow, orbicular. Red Jasper is distinguished by its solid red colouration. Mythology: The Jasper stone has been used as Talismans and protective Amulets for thousands of years. Roman athletes used it to protect themselves from injury. Saint Ephiphanius, the 4th century Cypriot bishop, claimed Jasper drove away poisonous snakes and evil spirits. Modern crystal healers and occultists use different colored Jaspers for a multitude of purposes. Red Jasper eliminates anxiety and stress; yellow Jasper provides protection on a journey; green Jasper increases confidence and opens the heart chakra, and all Jaspers are considered beneficial in depression prevention after a family bereavement. Usage: Jasper when it possesses the scarlet ray of influence as this one, is a crystal of physical energy, vitality, and protection. It is a healing crystal of the base chakra, a powerful fire element used in the south area of a home, and used in the devotions to several Goddesses. Metaphysical Properties: Red Jasper is an excellent protection stone, providing protection for both travellers and astral travellers. Red Jasper is also a grounding stone, and is especially useful in healing. Red Jasper instils a feeling of wholeness, serenity and being cared for. Red Jasper aids mental clarity and functioning. Red Jasper aids dream recall in meditation. Healing Properties: Red Jasper acts as an energetic tonic for anyone recovering from long term illness and boosts the immune system. Red Jasper assists the body to restore cellular tissue. Red Jasper can be useful in treating urinary system, lower digestive system, reproductive system tissue dysfunction. Red Jasper harmonises mineral assimilation.