This wire wrapped pendant includes a beautiful Bruneau jasper from Idaho. "Bruno" was once a staple of the American West. When one thinks of cabochons, this stone comes to mind. You could call it extinct. The best of it is in private collections. I love Bruno. I love the colors- caramel, rich warm brown and often a lighter shade of the two. It is known for having orby patterns. It is a very hard stone and is one of the famous porcelain jaspers which take a porcelain like polish.
I wire wrapped this simply with handmade prongs in 14k gold filled wire. I used a heavier 20g wire to hold this big stone and to show off more of the gold.
Gold filled wire is not an inferior coated or plated wire. It is a lifetime product milled to legal standards. A thick sheet of gold is rolled onto a base, typically jeweler's brass, and bonded under pressure, creating a durable gold exterior. With proper care, it will last a lifetime. I have a locket from my great grandmother which is gold filled and it still looks like new gold.
stone ---- 42x44mm
pendant ---- 2.52" / 64mm long; 1.87" / 48mm wide
bail ---- 7mm
This does not include a chain or cord.
You can purchase one here.
More About Jasper:
Jasper is an opaque and fine grained variety of impure Chalcedony (type of quartz). It has a hardness of 6.5-7 on the Moh's hardness scale. It is found in almost all colors. The interesting colors and patterns are caused by impurities. They can be up to 20% impure. Sometimes, those impurities will cause patterns that resemble pictures or landscapes and, as such, is then called a picture jasper. Other times they cause a variety of color and or interesting patterns or bands.
Jasper is known as a supreme nurturer.