This handmade, sterling silver pendant is made with a natural stone cabochon. This rare orbicular patterned Hornitos Poppy Jasper comes from Hornitos, Mariposa County, CA. The majority of it- certainly the best of it- was mined out in the 60's. This is from an old collection I acquired. The background color is a saturated red, leaning to brick red, with a field of "poppies" in lighter red with hints of yellow centers. It's very nice and different.
I made this wire wrapped pendant setting with sterling silver. As with all of my wire wrapped silver jewelry, the wire is not plated, filled or coated, but solid sterling silver. The oval lends itself to a simple wrap which is secure and which frames without obstruction. I think of this as unisex because I think a man or a woman could wear it.
stone ---- 32x17mm
pendant ---- 2" / 50mm long from top of bail to tip of bottom point; .77" / 20mm wide
bail ---- 5mm
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.