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Stone Canyon Jaspe

   Jasper is from the chalcedony/quartz group. It is an opaque microcrystalline variety of quartz that contains up to 20% foreign material. These materials are what determine the color and appearance of the stone. Because of these foreign materials, jasper is rarely uniform in color, it is usually multicolored, striped, mottled and/or spotted.
Stone canyon jasper originates in the California central coastal region in an area half way between Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Jasper runs between 6.5 and 7 on the Mohs scale.
Jasper is found in Germany, India, Russia, Pakistan, France, and USA.
See the main Jasper section for more facts, named varieties, and lore.
Folklore, Legend, and Healing Properties:
Believed to aid in gall bladder, stomach, and kidney disorders.