When I was at the gem show, I kind of fell in love with this Red Creek Jasper. I don't believe I'd seen it before. There are so many different kinds of jasper, I thought it might be nice to do this month's JCUIN post and collection on jasper. Jasper is a form of Chalcedony, which is made of silica. It is always opaque and comes in almost any color, but usually warm colors: browns, reds, yellows, etc. The different varieties could be named after the area they come from , the country, appearance, etc. The variations seem endless. Here are a few different types. Click on the picture to go to the actual listing for the piece.
First up is Ocean Jasper. Here is a really nice example:
The picture above is a beautiful rectangular Ocean Jasper bead that Marian at M Davis Designs has made into a copper wire-wrapped bracelet. That's a wonderful color combination by the way.
A totally different look from the Ocean Jasper is Brown Picture Jasper, shown here in a pendant made by Strega Jewelry:
She has used 14K gold filled wire and added interest with a small burnt orange Mexican opal.
Here is a very pretty jasper called "Blue Sky Jasper" that has been made into a bracelet by Emily of Southern Emma's Boutique:
I think the blues and browns make a nice, comforting color combination.
Here is a beautiful pendant that is a kind I'm not familiar with. I've heard of picture jasper, but this is called "Owyhee Picture Jasper" shown here in a "Rectangular Puff Pendant":
I just love this pendant! You can find this necklace at Axcessorize Plus.
Jasper also can be found in green. Can you guess the name of this jasper?
If you guessed "Snakeskin", you're correct. I love the snakeskin pattern. You can find these earrings at Daly Craft Works.
Here is another type of jasper that is different from the norm:
this is Sesame Jasper, shown here in a necklace (with matching earrings) by the three sisters of Buttermilk Sky Designs. As you can plainly see, Sesame Jasper looks awesome with black!
Another similar type of jasper is Sesame Jasper:
You can find this "Get Spotted" statement necklace at Libby & Liam.
Here is a cute necklace made by Nature's Gems:
The type of jasper is not listed, but if I had to guess I'd say it might be zebra jasper. Here is some Zebra Jasper in black and white by Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs:
Here are some earrings that feature a gorgeous pair of Leopard Jasper beads:
Leopard Jasper is one of my favorites. You can find these earrings in the shop of Pretty Gonzo. And Gonzo is really pretty -- check him out in the bio page.
Not too far removed from the browns of the Leopard Jasper is the Red Creek Jasper that I fell in love with at the gem show:
The cabochons and the roundelle beads are both Red Creek Jasper, so you can see the variation in the colors.
These sterling post earrings can be found in my shop, Shanghai Tai.
Lastly, Scorpio Stones is not in our guild, but she has a kind of jasper I haven't seen before, that she calls "Insect Jasper". Here's a picture:
I found this on her facebook page, where according to Maryann Sieler, this is also known as Crinoid Marble. It comes from the China Seas area (which is actually four seas), and is made up of fossilized plant material. Jasper or marble, either way, that is one cool cabochon.http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/naturesgems/3271363/jasper_flower_necklace/handmade/jewelry/necklaces/gemstone
Well, I am no where near running out of kinds of jasper to talk about -- but I am out of time. If you have an item with a different type of jasper than what is listed here, feel feel to add a link, and a picture if you can. (I don't know if you can or not!) Anyway, I think I will make some more jasper jewelry this weekend.