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.