Jasper is the name for a brightly colored, solid or patterned, opaque microcrystalline quartz. Flint and Chert are also names for opaque microcrystalline quartz but these have muted or neutral colors. Stones used to make tools were typically called Flint. 

      Jasper has an enchanting history and beloved for thousands of years for its protective and healing properties. It has been found in archaeological sites dating back to the Neolithic period (7000–1700 BCE). The name “Jasper” is derived from the Greek word “iaspis” meaning “spotted stone.”

      ​Jaspers are used in jewelry, amulets, and talismans to ward off negative energy and promote balance and harmony. They are usually cabbed or carved; rarely will Jaspers be faceted into a gemstone. Jaspers are found all over the globe, with patterns or colors unique to certain localities. 

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