This handmade, sterling silver pendant is made with a natural stone cabochon. This comes from my personal collection. It is a very, very rare form of Poppy Jasper from Morgan Hill, CA with red and black coloration. The parent rock of this cab was found in the Llagas Creek there. The colors in this are incredible and rarely ever seen in this material. The man who hounded this had one small rock and no more.
I made this wire wrapped setting with heavy sterling silver wire- not plated, filled or coated wire. I wanted to do something special for this stone, so I created this modern looking setting.
The last picture is a picture of the slab/rough and is not included in this sale.
stone ---- 36x23mm
pendant ---- 2.50" / 64mm long; 1.13" / 39mm wide
bail ---- 3.25mm
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.