This week we look at our spotty faithful friend Dalmatian Jasper, named after its resemblance to the Dalmatian dog, which in turn is named after the Dalmatia region of Croatia … except you won’t find any Dalmatian Jasper in Croatia!  Ironically, most Dalmatian Jasper is found and mined in Chihuahua, Mexico, and that is no shaggy dog's tale.

Appearance

As you would expect, Dalmatian Jasper has a black-spotted creamy-white appearance like its canine counterpart. The black spots are made up of Arfvedsonite whilst the creamy white stone that makes up the majority is a type of Feldspar. One thing to note is that Dalmatian Jasper is not a Jasper.  Like a lot of “Jaspers” it is a trade name, which is why it is sometimes referred to as Dalmatian Stone.

Found

Dalmatian Jasper is only found in one area, the state of Chihuahua in Mexico.

History

There is very little known about the history of this stone other than it was the miners who discovered it that named it Dalmatian Jasper because they noticed the likeness to a Dalmatian dog.

Uses

Dalmatian Jasper can be polished to a very high lustre and is considered a semi-precious gemstone. It is most often found as beads, tumbled stones, cabochons, carvings, cabochons, spheres, and other decorative ornaments. This crystal takes dye very easily, so it is becoming more common now to find blue, green, red, purple and even pink varieties of Dalmatian Jasper on sale.

Physical

Dalmatian Jasper is soft and lacks a conchoidal fracture, which means it is technically not a Jasper. Rather, it is a peraklakine rock (microgranite, Aplite or Rhyolite) consisting of dark spots (Arfvedsonite) on a light (mostly feldspar) background. The dark spots are frequently misidentified as Tourmaline. It is measured as having a hardness of 6.5 -7 on the Mohs scale.

Metaphysical

Dalmatian Jasper is said to help one pursue one’s goals and provide the necessary tools needed along the journey. This unique mineral is thought to raise one’s confidence level and bring it to the forefront, showing that one is fully in control of one’s life path. It is believed that the drive that radiates off this crystal is unprecedented, and one will almost immediately sense an overwhelming obsession for accomplishing all of one’s dreams.