Zebra Agate, better known as Zebra stone, usually have a speckled and mottled overall appearance. Alternate black and white shiny stripes give this silicate mineral a unique appearance. Sometimes, black and white shades get replaced by green, brown and red. These color replacements depend upon the composition of impurity. This unique appearance exists in none other than Zebra Jasper, which is a micro-granular impure variety of silica. Unlike quartz, silica particles form a characteristic pattern giving high stability to the stone. Jasper belongs to opaque and high-density chalcedony minerals containing high concentrations of iron oxides together with different clays.
Zebra stone exists as a metamorphic rock. Protolith type of metamorphic form includes igneous and sedimentary rocks where the latter two can occur as original existent forms as well. Zebra Jasper has characteristics of black and white color with alternate stripes. It has vitreous luster and moderate specific gravity ranging around 2.59 to 2.88. It has Mohs hardness of 6.5 to 7, same as Quartz, while its cleavage planes are indiscernible. With a refractive index of 1.54 to 1.55, it possesses a microcrystalline Hexagonal-Trigonal system. It generally occurs in a massive form but occasionally may occur as nodular, mammillary, or botrydial form. It has conchoidal or splintery fracture while it lacks pleochroism. Jasper is mined all around the world but the Zebra variety is mined exclusively in lands of Brazil and Africa.
It helps to make various tools. In geology or in stone industries, mortar pistons compose substance of Jasper. These work by crushing the minerals and rocks with hardness of less than 7. Various utensils, gift boxes, flower pots, pendants, earrings, and jewelry sets utilize Jasper to make them attractive. These uses benefit mankind not only in the present but also in ancient civilizations such as Persian, Greek and Arabic. It benefited generations in making knives, cups, weapons and few other tools. It once emerged as the most favored gem of the antique world and is the most favored today as well. These old utensils or jewelry antiques occupy the marketplace that are worth millions in many auctions.
Many famous personalities of the old and the new world own this stone as it is believed that it carries the charm of many positive spiritual signs. The zodiac sign Libra holds Jasper as its traditional birthstone. Jasper is also known as the ‘Nurturing stone’ as it makes you feel calm, peaceful and optimistic. Jasper carries the effects of mother stone and enables the bearer to see two sides of a given situation. Many celebrities and people from the scientific community agree to this optimizing effect of the mother stone.
In crystal healing, Jasper reputes itself as highly effective against issues concerning the skin, liver, stomach, kidney, teeth and bones, among many others. Many medical manuscripts and archives like Ayurveda, Al-Risalah al-Dhahabiah, De Gradibus and others have stated these spiritual and medical properties of Jasper.