Jasper, March's birthstone, is a form of chalcedony, a type of quartz. Jasper occurs in a few different colors. Red occurs the most, while yellow and brown are the second most common. Impurities present when jasper is created, mainly clay or iron, create distinct markings in the stone. These markings include marbling or veining, orbits or rings, and streaks. These distinct markings is where jasper gets its name which is derived from the old French “jaspre” meaning “spotted or speckled stone.”
For thousands of years, jasper has been used in both the West and the Far East. In the West, jasper has been used to create vases and sculptures displayed in one's home. On the other side of the world, jasper is used in feng shui. People wear yellow jasper pendants to ease anxiety and green jasper rings to increase prosperity.
As March's birthstone, jasper jewelry is a traditional gift for anyone with a March birthday. However, with jasper's many colors, as well as the stone's unique markings, jasper jewelry is the perfect gift for anyone looking for a versatile piece that complements almost any outfit and declares the wearer’s own true uniqueness.