Jasper is a traditional birthstone for March as depicted in the ancient Russian, Italian and Hebrew calendars. The word "jasper" is derived from the Greek word "iaspi", literally meaning spotted stone. It is an opaque chalcedony that can be found in a variety of different colours. Known as the "supreme nurturer", it is considered a powerful healing stone that alleviates stress and promotes peace and tranquility. It allows one to live in the present moment and to appreciate the smaller things in life, without the interference of outside pressures and distractions.