Red jasper is a variety of chalcedony, which is a type of microcrystalline quartz, known for its rich red color and often used for ornamental and healing purposes. Here’s more about red jasper:
- Color and Appearance: Red jasper is primarily characterized by its deep red color, which can vary from a brick-red hue to darker shades of red. It often has a uniform color distribution, but it can also display interesting patterns and banding.
- Composition: Red jasper, like other forms of jasper, is composed mainly of silicon dioxide. The red color is often caused by iron oxide impurities.
- Hardness: With a hardness of 6.5 to 7 on the Mohs scale, red jasper is relatively durable and suitable for use in jewelry, although it’s not as commonly used for this purpose as some other gemstones.