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.
So I'm learning my way around some of the jaspers from the Pacific Northwest. Many jaspers are named for the place they're found, and these Owyhee jaspers are named after the mountains they're found in. But sometimes the names get more specific - this is probably from Rocky Butte - within the Owyhee mountains. So it could have two names. At least that's my understanding....I'm an enthusiastic amateur, so if someone could tell me more, I'd be glad to learn.
The brecciations in the stone are what are making me think Rocky Butte. And it's an unusually clear blue for a jasper stone, which often have strong hints of green and grey. And this does too - it's just that the blue is a little stronger than most that I've seen.
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:
46.77mm long 24.85mm wide 5.60mm 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.