Picture Jasper and Bali Silver in a Unique Combination (EAR-006)
This Picture Jasper necklace creates a beautiful mountain landscape in a variety of shades of brown and extraordinarily beautiful in combinations. The three Picture Jasper focal stones in this necklace are accented by Brioche Jasper and Magnesite rondelles. Sterling Silver Bali Beads both complement and add a unique touch to the natural Picture Jasper patterns. Each perfectly polished puffed oval stone shows the distinctive landscape pattern of Picture Jasper in varying shades of brown, tan, sand, and black. Like most of Miriam’s semiprecious gemstone necklaces, this lovely piece is reversible.
- Full length of the Necklace is 18 inches.
- The three puffed oval focal stones measure 30mm x 22mmeach, and have a depth of 10mm.
- Magnesite and Briocherondelles are 6-7mm.
- The ornate round Bali beads are 8mm
- Bali spacers are approximately 5mm.
- Six Sterling Silver round beads are 5mm.
- The sterling silver S-clasp has a carved leaf design.
Picture Jasper is formed from mud that dripped into gas pockets in molten lava. The resulting pattern of extraordinary banding or veining resembles a picture or landscape, hence its name. While brown picture jasper might be the most common, Picture Jasper also forms naturally in remarkable colors and color combinations due to a high iron content and the level of the earth’s natural minerals and impurities that may be present in the stones. The colors are often dependent on where the stones have formed. For example, Miriam’s Private Gemstone Collection includes Australian Picture Jasper, found as striking multicolor stones of red, teal, green and brown, and Owyhee Oregon Picture Jasper with softer shades of teal, brown and terracotta. Picture Jasper truly is a Stone of the Earth—and each stone is remarkable. On the other hand, Brioche Jasper probably got its nickname because it resembles a mix of deep dark chocolate brown, caramel tan, and creamy white. Magnesite is sometimes referred to as White Turquoise because of its bold brown matrix and its typical cut—which is like a bumpy-lumpy nugget. The unique and natural stones selected by Miriam are cut as rondelles and have a smooth polished finish. The soft cream color has a stunning matrix of dark-to-milk chocolate and reddish brown. Magnesite is not Turquoise at all, but composed of magnesium carbonate. According to sources, for hundreds of years, many Native Americans, including the Pomo people of California, crafted Magnesite into beads that were used as jewelry as well as currency.