1.61" Morgan Hill Poppy Jasper Pendant with Snake Chain Necklace

This is a beautiful, 1.61" tall Morgan Hill poppy jasper pendant. This colorful specimen was collected from the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains in Morgan Hill, California. It has been polished to a glossy finish and comes with a 24" long, silver plated snake chain necklace.

Jasper is a term that can be applied to an opaque variety of chalcedony (light does not pass through it) The opaqueness is due to a much larger amount of impurities mixed with silica/quartz. Like agate it may form in a huge variety of colors, and is often multi-colored. In most cases, jasper will occur when silica-rich fluids permeate throughout a soft sediment or volcanic debris deposit. The fluids then crystallize around the particles/impurities, resulting in a cementation process. Most often, the impurities present determine the coloration of the deposit following solidification, however other factors can play a role in the color of what is now considered a jasper.
Chalcedony var. Jasper
Santa Cruz Mountains, Morgan Hill, California
1.61 x .8", .49" thick