Mayan Porcelain Jasper Gemstone
Mayan Porcelain Jasper is a gorgeous gemstone with breathtaking white, purple, and black hues that create artistic, one-of-a-kind patterns. It is no wonder that the stone is called the "Queen of Jaspers."
Discover the Meaning and Value of Porcelain Jasper
Jasper is one of the many gemstones that belong to the quartz family. It is an opaque and impure variety of silicon dioxide. The name 'jasper' comes from the Greek word for 'spotted stone', which refers to the stone's multicolored, striped, spotted, or flamed appearance. Jasper is a dense substance that can be comprised of up to 20 percent of foreign materials. Due to these impurities, jasper is rarely uniform.
Mayan Porcelain Jasper is a striking stone named for the ancient Maya civilization that reigned over southern Mexico, the Yucatan Peninsula, and the northern part of Central America during the pre-Columbian era. Some Mayan artifacts have been carbon dated as far back as 2600 BCE.
The Maya people are known today for their astrological calendar, but these ancient people have also been admired for their enduring art, advanced architecture, innovative math, and astronomy systems. The Maya elite highly valued rare stones, like this porcelain jasper. These stones were difficult to acquire, so possessing such treasures helped solidify a Maya noble's position in society.
Mayan Porcelain Jasper owes its striking beauty to its exceptional swirl of colors. Porcelain white, smoky purple, and inky black create a unique natural pattern within each piece. This form of jasper features different stone fragments fused together over millions of year to form one beautiful brecciated stone. Mayan Porcelain Jasper is a gift from Mother Nature that is sure to inspire and free the mind.
• Ancient civilizations believed that the cosmos was reflected in gemstones. Jasper was assigned to the planets Mars and Pluto. Jasper is linked to the Zodiac Earth sign of Virgo.
• The Maya civilization believed that porcelain jasper was bestowed with magical powers.
• Porcelain jasper is used by shamans for protection and is said to absorb negative energy.
• It is considered a sacred stone by Native Americans.
• According to the Bible jasper was a gift from God and would be the first foundation stone of the New Jerusalem.
• Jasper is ideal for balancing energies associated with the base or root chakra. Porcelain jasper is said to energize the aura and connects to the solar plexus chakra.
• Jasper is considered to be the 'supreme nurturer' stone. It helps its wearer through tough times and brings tranquility and feelings of well-being. It is believed to unite all aspects of one's life.
• Crystal healers use jasper to re-energize the body and alleviate symptoms of prolonged illness especially cancer of the tissue or blood.
Jasper gemstones are found in many locations around the world. Some of the most notable deposits are sourced from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Madagascar, Mexico, Russia, Uruguay, Venezuela, and the United States. Mayan porcelain jasper is scattered throughout the lands once ruled by the Mayan people, including Guatemala, Mexico, Honduras, and El Salvador.
Shop LC sources Mayan porcelain jasper from Guatemala, which produces some of the best quality porcelain jasper, as well as the Sierra Madre Mountains of Sonora, Mexico. The Tarahumra tribe of Sonora separated from the Mayan tribe around 950 AD, and many tribesmen mine porcelain jasper in Northwestern Mexico today.
• Ranks 7.0 on the Mohs hardness scale.
• Colors show an opaque swirl of white purple and black with a vitreous luster.
• Sourced from Guatemala and Mexico.
• A member of the quartz family.
• Also known as Exotica jasper and Sci Fi jasper.
• Jasper is linked to the zodiacal sign of Virgo.
• 100 percent natural stone; no additional treatments.