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Earth Treasures: Poppy Jasper

By Chisom Ibemere

Poppy Jasper is a variety of jasper that is a form of chalcedony, a microcrystalline variety of quartz. Its name is derived from its distinctive patterns and colors, which resemble poppies.

It is believed to be inspired by the red color and patterns reminiscent of poppy flowers. It is popular in various parts of the world, including Mexico, the United States, and Russia.

Poppy Jasper is predominantly found in the western regions of the United States, specifically California, Oregon, and Idaho. It is a relatively rare form of jasper and occurs in areas with volcanic activity. Poppy Jasper formation ocures when hot volcanic ash or lava flows and mixes with silica-rich groundwater which result in the formation of these distinct red and brown patterns.

Poppy Jasper is basically used in the creation of decorative objects and jewelry. It is cut and polished into cabochons, beads, and other shapes to be set into rings, pendants, earrings, and bracelets.

It has a unique pattern which make it a popular choice for statement pieces and artistic jewelry designs. It is often used in carved figurines, bookends, and other ornamental objects.

Poppy Jasper is a variety of chalcedony, which is known for its microcrystalline structure and smooth, waxy appearance.

It exhibits mix of colours like red, orange, and brown colors with unique patterns resembling poppy flowers. Poppy Jasper has a hardness of around 6.5-7 on the Mohs scale, making it relatively durable and suitable for jewelry. It has a vitreous to waxy luster and can be opaque or translucent.

Poppy Jasper’s value is influenced by factors such as color, pattern, size, and craftsmanship.

The intensity and distribution of red and brown colors, as well as the unique patterns resembling poppies, contribute to its value. Larger and well-cut pieces are generally more sought after.

The value of Poppy Jasper can vary depending on the market demand and availability of the material. It is not as widely known or commercially valuable as other stones but are appreciated for its unique appearance, rarity, and connection to the natural world.


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