What’s fascinating about Dalmatian jasper is that it’s not really a jasper gemstone at all. Although it is commonly known as ‘Dalmatian jasper’, its physical properties are different from other ‘spotty’ jasper gems, making the name ‘Dalmatian stone’ a useful alternative.
The unique appearance of Dalmatian jasper, with its cream base colour and defined black spots, is reminiscent of the Dalmatian breed of dog, which is where its name comes from.
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Dalmatian jasper is made of feldspar and quartz with inclusions that result in its characteristic black spots. It has a hardness of 5-7.5 on the Mohs scale, so although it is ideal for jewellery, you should avoid hard knocks or dropping Dalmatian jasper jewellery from a height.
If its appearance doesn’t make you smile, then its mystical properties just might. Dalmatian jasper is known for its protective and healing properties, especially its ability to infuse its wearer’s life with fun. A piece of jewellery set with a Dalmatian jasper gemstone is said to reconnect its wearer to their inner child, while reminding you of the things that brought you joy at a younger age.
Where is Dalmatian jasper found?
Dalmatian jasper gemstones originate from the Chihuahua state of Mexico. Although its main palette is cream and black, Dalmatian jasper can be found speckled with hints of brown, grey, pale orange and white. The irregularity of these spots and colours mean that every Dalmatian jasper gemstone is beautifully unique.
Dalmatian jasper can be polished to a high lustre, which makes this gemstone fantastic for cabochons and unusual shapes, like the sugar loaf in our Circle Drop earrings or the long, slim arrow-shape in our silver Triangle necklace.
The mystical properties of Dalmatian jasper
Dalmatian jasper is associated with many beneficial mystical properties, especially the power to reawaken a sense of fun, humour and exuberance. Those who wear Dalmatian jasper are said to be more connected to their inner child and are thought to be more playful and easy-going. For this reason, Dalmatian jasper is often recommended to those with an analytical or highly logical personality, allowing them to see a brighter side in times of stress.
Dalmatian jasper is also used to strengthen the resolve, whether that’s helping someone to quit smoking or encouraging a greater sense of determination to succeed. It is also seen as a way of strengthening bonds of family and friendship, which makes a Dalmatian jasper jewellery piece a fitting choice for the special confidant in your life.
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Perhaps because of its links to dogs, Dalmatian jasper is believed to be beneficial for animals too. It is said to calm pets and support their behavioural training. Those struggling with an unruly puppy could test the theory with a simple pair of Dalmatian jasper stud earrings. It certainly can’t hurt!
Dalmatian jasper: root chakra
Dalmatian jasper is associated with the root chakra – the energy located at the base of the spine. This energy centre is associated with movement, feeling and physical strength.
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Carrying Dalmatian jasper is said to balance the body’s energies, or yin and yang, creating a feeling of strength, stamina and contentment. For this reason, Dalmatian jasper is seen as a gemstone of independence and is often gifted to young people taking their first steps away from home or heading off on a new adventure.
Dalmatian jasper: Gemini star sign
Dalmatian jasper is recommended for those born under the Gemini star sign, from May 21st to June 21st. The typical Gemini often struggles to make decisions and has an analytical nature. These challenging personality traits are said to be off-set by the youthful exuberance of Dalmatian jasper and its ability to create a feeling of fun.
Gemini’s are often searching for their ‘second half’, whether that’s a new friend, mentor or partner. Some believe that when Dalmatian jasper is worn by a Gemini, it enhances their luck and chances of finding the people that will make them ‘whole’.
Ways to wear Dalmatian jasper jewelleryIts neutral palette of colours makes Dalmatian jasper jewellery incredibly versatile for all kinds of wardrobe, from office-ready to eclectic and colourful. For more formal occasions, the Henryka 5 Stone Necklace in Silver and Dalmatian Jasper is ideal for layering over white shirts and polo necks.
For someone who needs a daily reminder of light and laughter, the Henryka Oval Chain Bracelet in Silver and Dalmatian Jasper is perfect for layering with other Natural Stone pieces and watches. The Henryka Dalmatian Jasper collection also includes bold geometric shapes, organic pendants and a choice of rings that will showcase your love of natural gemstones to the world.
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