When I first started selling stones here on Etsy, it was to destash my collection. I'd collected baskets and drawers of beautiful stones, with the idea of learning to make jewelry one day. But they sat around in those drawers and baskets, and I felt guilty just hoarding them, so I listed a few. They sold out quickly, and I decided that I would go out and buy more, and see how that went. And that's how I became a stone-seller. I love the search, and the joy of discovering a beautiful stone - guilt-free - and then passing it on to someone who will love it *and* use it. I may have acquired a few more stones myself, in the process, so it didn't work out entirely as planned.
I've seen stones with markings like this sold as Poppy Jasper, or Leopardskin Jasper or Galaxy Jasper. And I have stones that are clearly one or the other, but this is a bit of a mystery to me. Still beautiful, but not entirely sure about what to call it. It has nice big eyes in an amazing shade of shell-pink that border on orange sorbet. A nice composition that's big enough to be seen without squinting. I turned up a bunch of others, and chose only this one.
There is a tiny blemish in the finish of the stone - a faint ring around one of the eyes. It's barely noticeable, and I didn't think it took away from the beauty of the stone. But I always feel like I should mention them so you don't get any surprises.
My husband bought me digital calipers this summer. Best present ever! Now I can make very accurate measurements for my stones, and in record time:
39.71 long 20.57mm wide 5.10mm thick
Buying and selling stones over the internet will always be a distant second to buying the stones in real life - being able to hold them and see the colors for yourself. No matter how hard I try, there is no way I can guarantee that the stone will look exactly like the image you see on your monitor. I *can* guarantee that if you are not happy with your stone, you can return it for a full refund.