Like most children, I loved rocks. I also grew up in a beach town so combing for shells and bits of driftwood was a big part of my life. I never lost that love of discovery. My house is filled with rocks, shells and the odd bit of nature’s treasures. To celebrate that love, I have a board for Gems, Rocks and Minerals (https://www.pinterest.com/lissaemmett/gems-rocks-and-minerals/).
This first pin is Morrisonite Jasper from my state of Oregon.
The photo came from a site called Sliverhawk’s Designer Gemstones (http://www.samsilverhawk.com/2013gemstones/829cabs/morrisonite.html). They have some gorgeous pieces but to be honest it’s hard to find something that hasn’t already been sold. In addition to the gems they have for sale and the items that have already sold (they have an extensive gallery of the gems previously sold), they have links to gem shows and lapidary equipment. They also have a blog: http://samsilverhawk.com/lapidary/.
This is what the site says about the piece of Jasper pictured:
“a fabulous cabochon of premium morrisonite jasper, from the old Morrison Ranch digs in Oregon. This RARE material is the most sought after member of the porcelain jasper family, often referred to as the king of jaspers. This stone is an fascinating example that features a pleasing array of colors in complimentary shades. There are several criss-crossing streamers and tiny bits of orange confetti, adding a rather festive look. It ought to be a breeze to dream up a stylish piece of wearable art with this one! It has a nicely rounded dome of 6.5mm, a designer ‘catseye’ shape, and a brilliant glassy polish both front and back.”
Of course, I had to look up the Morrison Ranch since it’s here in Oregon. It turns out it’s in Malheur County, near where those assholes have currently taken over the park, claiming they speak for and are protecting the right of American citizens. Well I for one am an American citizen and those asshole nutjobs do NOT speak for me. I want that land to be protected for my enjoyment, the enjoyment of the wildlife that lives there and for future generations of all people. I don’t want cattle grazing there and certainly not Bundy’s cattle. He’s already freeloaded off of taxpayer’s enough in his own state. The government needs to grow a pair and put that asshole in jail.
Here’s some information about the history of Morrison Ranch. http://www.blm.gov/or/resources/heritage/culbirchcreek.php.
I also wanted to find out more about jasper itself. According to the site Minerals.net (http://www.minerals.net/gemstone/jasper_gemstone.aspx) jasper is a variety of chalcedony, which is a type of quartz. Jasper is “usually associated with brown, yellow, or reddish colors, but may be used to describe other opaque colors of Chalcedony such as dark or mottled green, orange, and black. Jasper is almost always multicolored, with unique color patterns and habits.”
I love all the colors in the one pictured, especially the dark green. It would make a beautiful necklace or just look great sitting on a windowsill.