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Mineral: quartz
Gem: owyhee jasper
Cut: freeform cabochons
Origin: Oregon
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 gets its name form the Owyhee River in Oregon. There ae three mines that mine the material, the LED, the Wildhorse, and the Rocky Butte. It comes in a variety of patterns but is mostly tan-brown, sometimes blues, with red highlights, white to vream backgrounds, and sometimes dendrites.

It is a very solid jasper and takes a good polish. It has been called the "king" of the picture jaspers.

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