Rocky Butte Jasper is mined in Oregon and may have either dendritic or
landscape qualities. It may also be called Rocky Butte Picture Jasper.
The combination of color and pattern variation are reminiscent of Red
Creek Jasper, although the colors are much more muted. Rocky Butte
Jasper strands are predominantly shades of gray, brown and tan with some
beads or inclusions of rust and rose.
American Jade is a nephritic Jade that may be found in various parts of
the United States West Coast, with large deposits in Washington and
California. A diver in California actually found an underwater
sea cave lined in a variety of pale green jade. Specimens he retrieved
ranged in size from pebbles to boulders, using air bags to bring larger
specimens to the surface. Most of the United States is “alluvial float” which
has been washed down waterways from its original deposit site.
Beachcombers may be able to find American Jade pebbles on beaches, most
commonly in certain areas of California. American Jade can vary
significantly in color from shades of pale green to pale blue to deeper
green and black.
Kashgar Garnet is a “Garnet material”, meaning that the stone includes
both Garnet and other rock. This stone is found in northern China.
Higher quality Kashgar Garnet will have more visible red, fuchsia and
pink tones, and greater translucency. Less valuable stones will exhibit
minimal translucence or complete opacity, and fewer Garnet inclusions,
resulting in a predominantly green or muddy looking stone.
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