Jasper's name comes from the Greek for "spotted stone". Jasper is an opaque variety of quartz, with a microscopic crystalline structure. Often it is mied with other minerals, creating a banded and patterned appearance.
Apple Jasper is a lovely 'Apple Red" color with red and yellow patterns. Sometimes referred to as the "survival stone", Jasper is thought to improve vision an protect from unseen dangers at night. In American Indian lore it was known as the rain bringer.