Picture Jasper is an opaque, microcrystalline variety of Quartz with extraordinary color banding, veining and depositional flow patterns created by petrified or silicate mud and sometimes dendritic inclusions. On cut or polished stones, these variations appear as detailed images or “scenes.” Because of its unique landscape patterns and wide range of colors, Picture Jasper is one of the most sought after and famous varieties.
It occurs in nodules or as fillings in fissures and may be found the world over, usually named for the specific localities where it is mined. Picture Jasper’s earthy colors are due to high iron content and other minerals or impurities that create its artistry. It forms most often in shades and combinations of brown, gold- to reddish-brown, black, blue, tan or ivory, though other colors may be present. [Simmons, 215][Eason, 108, 298][Melody, 347][minerals-n-more.com][txrockhound.zboxhosting.net]
In physical healing Picture Jasper is believed to stimulate the immune system, to help clear pollutants and toxins from the body and to cleanse the kidneys. It is believed to be useful when giving up smoking as it is said to strengthen the resolve.
Picture Jasper is thought to boost the immune system and to cleanse toxins and pollutants from the body. It is particularly fortifying to the kidneys, stomach and intestines, and may be used to balance the mineral content of the body. It may aid in treating the bowel, hernia and prostate, and conditions such as chronic constipation, IBS and obesity. [Melody, 348[Hall, 156, 158][Hall En, 200][Eason, 298][Gienger, 51]
Picture Jasper is considered beneficial for healing skin disorders and alleviating allergies, especially when caused by chemicals or chronic lung diseases. [Melody, 348][Eason, 298][Hall, 156][Gienger, 51]