Head in the Clouds? My head is in the Picture Jasper!

Head in the Clouds? My head is in the Picture Jasper!

When I was a kid, I was always captivated by the mesmerizing beauty of rocks that were displayed at rock shows. The vibrant colors and intricate patterns held an inexplicable allure for me. While I admired the big crystals and amethyst, it was the rocks that appeared to have their own unique pictures that truly fascinated me. Among all the stunning stones, one particular type captured my heart and ignited my passion for jewelry design – the Owyhee Picture Jasper.


Originating from the regions of Idaho and Oregon, the Owyhee Picture Jasper is a gemstone that boasts an exceptional blend of blue and brown hues. Each rock, when cut open, reveals a breathtaking scene of nature and picturesque images. It is as if mother nature herself has meticulously painted a masterpiece on each stone, showcasing her artistic prowess.

The moment I encountered this captivating gem, I knew I had discovered something truly special. Its distinct appearance, resembling a picturesque landscape, evoked an overwhelming sense of wonder and awe within me. I found myself drawn to its unique charm and started envisioning the countless possibilities of incorporating it into my jewelry 


Obtaining western jasper gemstones like this is not as easy as walking into a regular jewelry store. The Owyhee Picture Jasper is not commonly found in mainstream commercial outlets. Instead, it is typically sold by small rock businesses and cabochon makers who appreciate its rare beauty and value.


This exclusivity only served to deepen my fascination with the Owyhee Picture Jasper. My family owned a small rock shop when I was growing up and mined this stone. To get it now you have to seek out the artisans and rock enthusiasts who work with it and sell this precious stone. 


As I began working with the Owyhee Picture Jasper, I discovered that its true magic lay in its ability to add a touch of nature's splendor to my jewelry creations. The blue and brown tones, skillfully blended within each stone, created a mesmerizing effect that resembled a tranquil river flowing through a landscape or a blue sky backing rolling hills. 


Some gemstones exude a sense of uniformity, but the Owyhee Picture Jasper defies convention. No two stones are alike, each boasting its own unique landscape, its own story to tell. The challenge of incorporating these distinctive gems into my designs became an exciting adventure, as I sought to highlight their individual beauty while complementing my design. 


I have added a few one-of-a-kind pieces to my collection, giving you a chance to share in its unique beauty. 


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