how to facet
gemstone main cabochon creation
min data

Mineral: quartz
Gem: willow creek jasper
Cut: freeform cabochons
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
This is a true porcelain jasper that has a superb finish and polish. It is mined near Boise, Idaho and is found in giant nodules (thunderess like) that ma be up to 10 feet in diameter, but only a small fraction of the nodules contain the colorful Willow Creek jasper.

The top stone has porcelanite and black jade as a frame, and the second stone is framed with pocelanite. The bottom stone has a black jade only frame. All stones cut by the author.