Monday, March 10, 2014

Stones: Laguna Lace Jasper

Jasper has a wide and wild variety of patterns, and has been valued as far back as the ancient world. It's mentioned in writings in multiple languages: Arabic, Latin, Persian, Hebrew, Greek, Assyrian. 

One of my favorite jaspers is the picture variety which will have banding formed by the flow and deposit of water and wind. The stones can have stunning patterns appearing to be scenes or images. 

The stones I'm showing here are a soft lace jasper with white and grey bands called Laguna Lace which is known for it's tight banding. It is mined on several sites in the mountains of Chihuahua, Mexico.  They paired perfectly with some hematite rondelles and a Southwestern, silver post earring.

While these stones are mined all over the world, the Mexican varieties are really most striking. A common type of lace jasper is Mexican Crazy Lace which is known by it's deep red and mustard colors. This week I'm showing a collection of earrings all made from various stones, most are jaspers, with one a feldspar. But that's all I'm telling you! You'll have to stop back by to see them all.

15 comments:

Duni said...

I love the unusual stones/beads you use in your jewelry making, and really appreciate learning more about them! The earrings turned out wonderful :)

Maryanne said...

I love these earrings! The jasper is beautiful. I don't think I've ever seen this particular lace jasper. It's so soft and beautiful!

Christine Altmiller said...

These earrings are stunning ~ gorgeous jasper and that touch of hematite as the perfect support. Looking forward to this week and seeing what is to come!!!

Miss Val's Creations said...

Oh! I'm not familiar with laguna lace. It is gorgeous! Jasper has always been a favorite of mine with its wide variety. I love the crazy lace since the markings are a bit crazy! Beautiful earring design too.

Halinka said...

Hi:
Fantastic earrings.Beautiful Jasper.
-All the Best-
-Halinka-

Alice said...

I just love all the jaspers. Somehow I got away from using gemstones, which is something I need to fix.
Your earrings are gorgeous!!!!!

Patty Woodland said...

Beautiful - I love jaspars. Always so interesting

EWA gyöngyös világa! / EWA's World of Beads! said...

Congratulations, it’s wonderful!

Magic Love Crow said...

I love Jasper! The stones you have shown are gorgeous! Your earrings are stunning! You asked about my crow painting and the skull, the story behind it? I will share it on my blog soon ;o) Thanks for asking ;o)

Shaiha said...

I do have to say that Jasper is one of my favorite stones. I just love the different looks that you can get using the different types.

BeadedTail said...

Those earrings are absolutely beautiful! I love those stones and can't wait to see the rest!

Liz E said...

Tease! Gorgeous earrings. Jasper is putty in your hands.

Additionsstyle said...

Beautiful earrings! I love the color and the texture of the jasper stone.
Valerie
Everyday Inspired

Therese's Treasures said...

Hi Cynthia,
I am going backwards on these post, I am enjoying looking at all the different Jaspers you are displaying. The Mexican Lace or Laguna Lace earrings are gorgeous!
Therese

Shel said...

Wow, you could just get lost in the patterns and colors of this stone!! Lovely.

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