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Mineral: quartz
Gem: fantasy jasper
Cut: freeform cabochons
Origin: Mexico
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
This material comes out of Aguas Calientes, Mexico. It is hard , probably porcelain, jasper that takes a great polish. It is mainly reds and maroons with small blue highlights and some earthy brown areas as well. The material resembles the older butterfly jasper to some extent.

These cabs cut by the author and surrounded with black jade framing.