RARE Imperial Jasper Colorful BIG Designer Strands,16 inch Strands
10x14mm Tubes Alternating with 10mm Rondels. This is a vintage cut. I found these at the gem show this year in a suppliers old stock and probably will not ever be able to find this again.
The saturated colors and polish on this is incredible, see pictures. They are even better in person.
Imperial jasper is among the “fine” jaspers, and it actually refers to a wide variety of jasper found in an area roughly 50 miles north of Guadalajara, Mexico. The defining characteristics of this type of jasper are mainly due to its smooth and fine grain, which makes it easy to work with. Take a look at the rich colors and high polish. This is one factor contributing to the “fine” classification.
These types of jasper range widely in color. The formation covers an area roughly 3.5 miles long and the mines produce an impressive amount of the material with different veins holding different colors.
The most sought-after subtype is known as Royal Imperial Jasper, which is exceptional even among these stones. While often subtle in coloration, Royal Imperial Jasper is exceptionally fine-grained and is only found in small nodules with a chalky matrix, making it even more expensive than the standard stuff.