A Sporty Necklace for Men and Women Created with Unique U-Shaped Picture Jasper (EAR-023)
Everything about this necklace is unusual, from the U-shaped cuts of Brown Picture Jasper to the Boulder Turquoise Rondelles, cut from the *tailings pile of *Ribbon Turquoise. The inset of each “U” has delicately cut Picture Jasper beads. The Necklace is composed of Picture Jasper and Bolder Turquoise rondelles with a touch of Sterling Silver. This necklace is reversible, so be sure to notice the close-up photos that show both sides of the necklace stones. (Many of Miriam's necklaces are reversible!)
- Necklace length is 17.5 inches.
- Each “U” measures 23x14mm.
- Delicate Picture Japer stones are 2-3mm.
- Picture Japer Rondelles are 7mm.
- Boulder Turquoise stones are 6mm.
- Sterling Silver spacers are 6mm.
- Clasp is Sterling Silver.
What’s in a name…
Picture Jasper is a like a window into the Earth. It is formed from mud that dripped into gas pockets in molten lava, the resulting pattern resembles a picture or landscape. Indeed, Picture Jasper is literally a window into the Earth. The name Jasper is derived from the Greek word for spotted stone, referring to its typical multicolored, striped, spotted or flamed appearance. Jasper was a favorite gem in ancient times and is referenced in Greek, Hebrew, Assyrian, and Latin literature. Found worldwide, a wide variety of Jaspers is found in the western areas of the Unites States, including Arizona, California, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, and Washington.
Boulder Turquoise* is actually Ribbon Turquoise. Ribbon Turquoise is the name given to a stone when the stone cutter takes natural Vein Turquoise (Turquoise in its natural host rock) and cuts in a direction to create a stone showing the vein going through the rock like a ribbon—or splotches of turquoise in the host rock. Many years ago, stone cutters would cut the thin Turquoise vein out to produce a pure Turquoise. If the Turquoise vein was too thin or spotty, like the material used in Boulder Turquoise beads, the miners would toss it into a tailings pile.Those piles could then be used to cut a series of stones, some of which would still carry bits of Turquoise.