I hand cut this fabulous freeform shaped cabochon out of red pastel willow creek jasper. This piece measures 35x20mm and is 6mm thick with a satiny, matte finish all around. Low domed face and rounded edges. Beautiful waves of pastels and white in graceful patterns. This is considered the queen of American jaspers! Often referred to as looking like a painting or fine porcelain.
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A simple eBay search for "willow creek jasper" will show you that even simple slabs of this rough command a strong price. Doing such a search will also show you what true Willow Creek looks like. Most of the slabs and custom cut cabs that are labeled Willow Creek Jasper in a recent search ARE actually Willow Creek from Idaho. Most beads that showed up in the search for "Willow Creek Jasper Bead" did not appear to be true Willow Creek and NONE are in this class! Look around and you won't find ANY cabs or bead pendants like this out of this wonderful, rare, classic American jasper!
This material is solid, hard, consistent, and more challenging to cut than most of my other rough. I high graded about 5 pounds of this beautiful Willow Creek Jasper from Larry, the guy who mines it, when I was down in Quartzite, Arizona, over 10 years ago and I got maybe two pounds from him this year. This rare material comes only from his mine in Idaho. His small mine continues with it's limited production of this classic American jasper. I never cease to be amazed at the endless diversity and beauty of this jasper. The creamy pastels of this material flow and ebb throughout the elegant shape of this absolutely gorgeous bead.