Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Stones: Wild Horse Jasper

I see quite a few of you are as excited about jasper as I am. There really is such a range! This pair I'm showing today was a variety I had never heard of until last summer. I don't know about you guys, but just the name alone (Wild Horse Jasper) makes me think of horses running through the fields.

But when you look at the colors in the raw stone, not to mention the flow of its patterns, it brings images of cave paintings. At least to me. I know, I know, I've been told I have a crazy imagination. Of course I couldn't help but look it up (a quick google search got me lots of cave horses!) and found the perfect example from caves in Lascaux, France. The original caves are located near the village of Montignac in Southwestern France which is famous for its Paleolithic cave paintings.

And then while I was looking at the name origins I noticed it also seemed to be French, or Old French (jaspre) meaning spotted or speckled stone. Hmm, wondering what the French Connection is here? Regardless, really loving this new discovery for me. I paired my Wild Horse Jasper with matte onyx rondelles and used a Southwestern silver earwire. You knew it had to be Southwestern with all those wild horses didn't you?


Christine Altmiller said...

"Wild Horses...couldn't drag me away" from beading or bead shopping with you.
These really are reminiscent of the cave paintings. And they are BEAU.TI.FUL. I really enjoy seeing the same style as yesterdays, except swapping the Laguna Lace for the Wild Horse. The look really does change, even though the design is the exact same.

Jacquelineand.... said...

Jasper is gorgeous and this Wild Horse jasper looks incredibly earthy and grounding.

The Lascaux paintings? Hmmm, yup, I can see it! I, for one, really enjoy your fertile imagination.

Additionsstyle said...

Jasper is such a varied and lovely stone. I did not know all that about jasper, thanks for sharing. I love your earrings!
Everyday Inspired

Therese's Treasures said...

Beautiful earrings Cynthia. I love all Jasper, looking at it, working with it and designing with it.

Claudia Aguilar said...

That jasper stone is really beautiful, you do have a lot of imagination!

Halinka said...

The second pair of jasper earrings:
Fantastic,warm colors of the stone,beautiful design.
-All the Best-

Caron Michelle said...

Absolutely gorgeous - I'm a huge fan of Jasper, these are beautifully done!

Magic Love Crow said...

I have some of these pieces of stones at home and I love them! Your earrings are gorgeous!! I love the patterns!

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