Though totally contemporary in style, this dramatic necklace brings together two gems prized since the dawn of time. Red jasper jewelry was worn by the pharaohs of Egypt, by the royalty of Persia, by the empresses of Rome. The classical world carved entire vessels from jasper, believing the stone's therapeutic properties would be passed on through the food or drink it contained. Red jasper is much sought after as an amulet: it is said to cure all ailments of the blood, to imbue the wearer with renewed strength and vigor, to promote a glowing complexion. Its associations with the gods of combat and courage are thought to make red jasper an ideal stone for those seeking victory over existing disease. It is, besides, extremely flattering to the wearer. Black onyx, chalcedonic quartz, is the color of deepest space. Found in both the old and the new worlds, onyx has long been used for jewelry and precious objects. Its chief virtue as an amulet is that it seems to attract and absorb negative humors from the body of the wearer, causing relief from both physical pain and mental anxiety. Black onyx, suggesting the presence of all colors and the absence of light, serves as a buffer from pain, a defensive wall against evil and illness. Its rich tones provide dramatic contrast for the warmth of red jasper, creating a jewel of both visual and spiritual power.