Dakota Stones had many requests to restock our line of dalmatian jasper since we discontinued several months ago, and we’re pleased to announce that we have found rough that matches our standards. It is common for us at Dakota to discontinue stone types that are either lower quality or not up to the ‘Dakota Stones Standard’, as we want to make absolutely sure that we’re selecting the best quality stones for our customers. Such was the case with our previous selection of dalmatian jasper

So what can go wrong? While it is natural for the jasper to have some yellow, as there does tend to be some brown inclusions within the stone, which are caused by the iron oxide in the material. However, the ratio of bright white to yellow was deemed unacceptable. Obviously the stone is most notable for it’s black spots, but these need to be offset with patches of white, and this batch of the stone was sourced from poor-quality material. We made the decision to remove the stock from our inventory, but we did not expect to receive so many requests for Dalmatian Jasper. This is another circumstance where we value our customers’ opinions and feedback, so we began the process of seeking out higher grade material.

Dalmatian jasper is a popular gemstone in the beading and rock tumbling community. It’s a great beginning stone for new tumblers to test out their tools. The stone takes a new shape relatively easily, and it is a popular stone to dye! This is because dalmatian “jasper” is not actually a jasper-- it’s an igneous rock, and is formed from quartz and feldspar. It is much harder than stones like lava beads, which are sourced from relatively new lava beds. Dalmatian Jasper has had several thousands of years to harden over time, and it is mined like any other kind of material.  Igneous stones are formed from lava or magma, and thus are very porous. This is also why it’s common that some jasper is discolored, as it tends to soak up any minerals or material it may have come into contact with when it was forming. 

These semi-precious stones pair well with solid-colored stones to offset the spots in the stone. Try black spinelcarnelian, or lepidolite. Or, you could have fun mixing patterns with other stones like K2 or impression jasper.

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