For the next few weeks, I will be exploring the jaspers of the world. There are so many types that I know I will miss a few, so I apologize in advance:) Working with jasper to put in my designs is my favorite part of creating one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces. The colors and organic patterns are absolutely beautiful. So let’s get started!
First off, what exactly is jasper? Jasper is a form of chalcedony that is an opaque variety of silica and comes in many colors. Mineral oxides and organic materials create the beautiful colors and patterns. You will notice that many jaspers resemble picturesque landscape scenes. This is why many jaspers have the name “picture” attached to it.
Jaspers are found all over the world. A wide variety are found in Wyoming, Utah, Washington, Idaho, California and Oregon in the United States.
This jasper is from a stone deposit east of Biggs Junction, Oregon, near the Deschutes River. It has a MOH’s hardness of 7. It is located in what is now a state park. Unfortunately, it will never be mined again due to most of it being paved over with a highway now.