The stone chalcedony appears in Pliny the Elder's "Naturalis Historia",
in particular, the lovely variation known as jaspis or jasper, meaning
"spotted or speckled stone." Jasper jewelry has particularly striking
decorative bands and is thought to nurture its wearer, each unique
stone reminiscent of a field of poppies or perhaps the sweep of the
ocean, canyons of red rock, the timeless sands of the desert, the
gold of sunshine.
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