Fireworks Jaspar (known to mineralogists and rock hounds as Astrophylite–for shooting stars?), the array of colors expands to more than just black or white. The background color IS the deepest black, with no variation. But the light color that contrasts with that will vary between cream to pistachio and from a lot to very little. So that complicated my job of sorting. Add to that the sheer number of beads on ten 15” strands, and the muffin pan I use to sort beads got very FULL. The company where I purchased them had a great bundle price and I do enjoy a challenge, right?
Let me just say this: I have discovered that I may be a little Obsessive-Compulsive. Since my husband passed away, I don’t have a scheduled time to eat or sleep or clean house. So guess where I spent my days in June. You’re right – I binged out with the Fireworks Jaspar (only found worldwide near Pike’s Peak) in my muffin pan. Day after glorious day, I tried to match the stones in my muffin collection with those gemstones (sorted by color) residing in my big square rattan box (its former use was as an ottoman). I do not rate all the resulting matches as equally successful, but when you are in a beading frenzy there is no time to search online for better gemstones; and the colors there can’t to be trusted anyway.
Set#2 is composed only of oval jasper with Onyx beads, Hematite Chevrons and a pierced Jaspar Pendant/Donut. 19” $278
Set#8 has both rectangles and tilted squares with 6 rounds which harmonize with the large circular stone accent piece integrated into the necklace. 19” $172
Set#11 alternates oval and rectangular Jaspar with 8mm Onyx and a dark Jaspar accent piece that shows true fireworks flashes. 19” $180
Set#12 uses mostly rectangles of Jaspar that are joined by a variety of Onyx beads that reach around to the Sterling S-hook clasp. 19” $180