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|This article is about a Homeworld Gem. You may be looking for Big Red, a Crystal Gem jasper.|
A huge coward with big aspirations. Red Jasper hopes that he can be a strong quartz soldier some day. He constantly utters the phrase "jaspers never give up", but often finds himself doing so when things get too tough. It takes a lot of coxing from friends, especially Ametrine, to get Red Jasper back on his feet. His dreams are also thwarted by the jasper's lack of putting work towards them. He's known to avoid responsibilities despite swearing he'll do them. The quartz also can't take criticism very well, often sulking and complaining over his flaws than trying to work on them.
Deep down, Red Jasper is quite selfish and gets jealous easily. When other Gems exceed in their goals similar to his, Red Jasper claims it's unfair. He's prone to hating gems that do better than him. Once Red Jasper gets jealous of someone, it's hard for him to get over it.
- Jaspers are an opaque variety of quartz.
- Its chemical composition is SIO2, has a MOHS scale hardness of 6.5 - 7, and has a trigonal crystal system.
- Impurities are the main reason jaspers are opaque and dense.
- Jaspers can come in a variety of different colors, but the most common is red. Brown and yellow are two other common colors.
- Red jasper gets its color from iron or hematite inclusions.
- Jaspers are formed when fine particulate materials become compacted by silica and cemented into a solid mass.
- A jasper's distinct pattern is determined by the flow and deposition of volcanic ash or silica sediments.
- The rock grows on soft sedimentary rocks, but can be found on igneous and metamorphic too.
- Agate and opal often grow with jasper.
- A very common rock, jaspers can be found all around the world.
- The name comes from the Greek word iaspis meaning “spotted” or “speckled stone”.
- While it's commonly used as a decorative stone, there's evidence jasper have been used for weapons between the 4th and 5th millennium BC.
- Red jasper is referred to as the stone of fairness, justice, perseverance, and endurance.
- It promotes stamina, strength, energy, and determination. It wards away vengeance, anger, and anxiety.
- Jaspers in general are natural nurturing stones said to provide relaxation, health, and protection.