» Beading Definition: Jasper
Jasper is an opaque, impure variety of quartz and is found in a variety of colors, but chiefly brick red to brownish red. Patterns can arise from the formation process and from flow patterns in the sediment or volcanic ash that was saturated with silica to form jasper, yielding bands or swirls in the rock.
Because of it’s widespread occurrence and the many variations of it’s appearance, jasper has been given many names. Picture jaspers exhibit what appear to be scenes or images in a cut section. Poppy jaspers appear spotted with bright red, orange or yellow dots.
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