Colorful, 8.6" Polished Purple Cow Jasper - McDermitt, Oregon

This is a 8.6" tall, polished free-standing Purple Cow jasper specimen. This colorful jasper/agate was mined from McDermitt, Oregon and has been cut flat on one side and polished to a mirror-finish. The base of this specimen has been cut flat and small felt rounds have been added to prevent scratching of the contact surface.

Purple Cow jasper is the name for a colorful agate and jasper that is collected from a site in McDermitt, Oregon. It will often feature a mixture of red, purple, green and yellow coloration, with a variety of additional colors possible.

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.

Agate is a variety of microcrystalline quartz that displays translucence and in some cases banding. Agate primarily forms when silica-rich fluids fill pockets within rock and/or fossils, resulting in deposition of the silica along the walls of the rock. This process can result in banding patterns as the composition and impurities of the fluids change over time. These banding patterns can either form as flat layers or rounded layers, depending on the surfaces available for deposition.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Chalcedony var. Jasper/Agate
LOCATION
McDermitt, Oregon
SIZE
8.6" tall, 5.1" wide
CATEGORY
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#152064