The multicolored Polychrome Jasper is also known as Desert Jasper or Royal Savannah Jasper. It was first found in 2006 while geologists were searching for Ocean Jasper. Polychrome Jasper is mined by digging pieces out by hand. There are currently three different locations where it has been found. The locations are close to each other and close to the areas where Ocean Jasper was found. Polychrome Jasper is found as massive formations consisting of huge boulders. It is believed to be one of the rarest Jaspers in the world.
Polychrome Jasper comes in colors such as brown, pink, reddish, yellow, orange, green, teal, blue, and purple. The teal and blue colors are the rarest. The colors come from the original sediments or ash which formed the rock. While it may be banded, it more often has a swirled, circular, or an orb patterning.
Like other Jaspers, such as Ocean Jasper, Polychrome has a Mohs Hardness of 7. That means that it polishes well. Jasper is a variety of Chert which is the general term applied to granular cryptocrystalline Quartz varieties. Jasper is associated with the Hematite ore deposits of the Precambrian age. The brown coloration found in Jaspers is due to Hematite or Goethite impurities. Jaspers often occur as a petrifying agent in fossilized bone and wood.
Polychrome Jasper is used as gemstone and for ornamental objects. Some early primitive axes were made of Jaspers and have been found in the Omo Valley of Ethiopia. Even though Jaspers are quite hard and durable, they shape easily.
Polychrome Jasper is found in Madagascar. A material similar to Polychrome Jasper has been found in Australia.
Metaphysical Properties: Polychrome Jasper is a very protective and nurturing stone that will support a person in difficult and stressful times. It does this by absorbing negative energy. Since this crystal connects into nature, it provides grounding energy while helping to stimulate creativity by releasing blocks. It turns ideas into reality or action by helping with focus, organization, and motivation. As a stone that helps people face their truth with honesty, it aligns all the bodies (physical, mental, and emotional) in the etheric realm.