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Mineral: quartz
Gem: misty mountain jasper
Size: 30 x 54 mm 34 x 34 mm & 28 x 38 mm
Carat: 85+ ct & 71+ ct & 57+ ct
Cut: freeform cabochon
Origin: Idaho
General Info: Jasper is derived from the Anglo-French "jaspre", meaning "spotted stone". Jasper is usually formed from old sediments (or volcanic ash flows) that have been glued (and at times replaced) with silica.

Flow patterns of the original material are often easy to see. Many jaspers are know as picture jasper because they contain what appear to be small images of sand dunes, mountains, plains, and even sky. Since the original materials were likely cross bedded sediments, they often contain the structure they mimic.

Additional Information
Found in Boise Idaho, Misty Mountain jasper is a true porcelian jasper that takes a mirror polish. It comes in pastel shades with typical jasper patterns. It aparently forms in the center of huge thundereggs. Look for orbs and dune patterns, some has a "ribbon" pattern.

These three cabs have willow creek jasper centers with black jade frames and backing. All three cut by the author.