Bumblebee Jasper is a warm mixture of yellows and grays, with some white and orange. Many of the beads on each strand are striped, and some are spotted, giving the effect of a fuzzy bumblebee with patches of pollen, weaving through the air from flower to flower. Jasper is a semiprecious chalcedony (or microcrystalline quartz). It derives its colorful patterns from other minerals present, and is often named according to its pattern. The Greek origin of the word jasper, iaspis, means "spotted stone." Jasper has a dull luster but takes a fine polish, and its hardness and other physical properties are those of quartz. Due to its earthy colors and microcrystalline quartz structure, Jasper is considered to be a nurturing stone. Gray jaspers are believed to bring serenity and unity, as well as filter distractions and increase motivation. If using jasper beads for chakras, choose a jasper that contains colors relevant to the chakras that are the target of your focus -- in this case, shades of yellow for the navel (solar plexus) chakra, for issues with self-esteem and personal power.
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