Picture jasper is a petrified or silicated mud that dripped into molten lava. It became superheated and then solidified forming the unusual bands. Many of these patterns resemble landscapes with mountains and valleys, thus the name “picture”. Jaspers are opaque and fine grained variety of Chalcedony..
Jasper is one of the birth stones listed for the Sun Sign of Virgo. It is also the Mystical birthstone for the month of October.
Found worldwide, a wide variety of named jaspers is found in the western areas of the Unites States.
Sodalite is an igneous mineral formed from a molten mass deep below the earth’s surface. This rich blue gemstone has a similar chemical composition to lapis lazuli. Sodalite contains calcite, the white inclusions, whereas lapis contains pyrite. Most sodalite comes from Brazil today.
Sodalite is supposed to improve courage and endurance. It was utilized by Egyptian priests to dispel guilt and fears. It is reputed to help find inner peace.