Do you mean Morgan Hill Poppy Jasper? You can get it on ebay and at a shop in San Jose. The term poppy jasper refers to a great variety of orbicular jaspers. I have a posting in the member photographs section with some of them. Maybe one of them is the jasper you are talking about. Steve
That's what I meant. Morgan Hill jasper. ;D I've seen some really nice looking material lately. But some of that rough is seriously fractured. Is that typical for this jasper? Or is it possible to get some unfractured, stable rough? I've seen plenty of jasper before and wonder why this material is so fractured in the first place.
Steve: There are many forms of poppy jasper generally found wherever there are Franciscan Formation marine cherts outcropping along the west coast of California, Oregon, and Washington. The rock identification section at this site has lots of pics some of us poppy fanciers have posted which can give you some idea of all the varieties (most the pics are in the older pages) There are also isolated locations in the Sierra Nevada foothills and elsewhere. Unfortunately, many of thee coast range Franciscan rock occurs in seismic fault zones and is, therefore, very fractured. The Morgan Hill deposits, though perhaps possessing the most beautiful patterns and colors, are also among the most fractured. Most all the deposits are also on private land and are pretty hunted out too so the price of this gorgeous material is now going pretty sky high. One E-Bay seller is pretty reasonable around $5 per pound but at the last Snyder Ranch Pow Wow I went to here in California, Morgan Hill was going for $5-12 per pound and Hornitos ( the Sierra variety) was $ 12-16 per pound if you could even find it. I personally mine several types and am a great fancier of the poppy varieties and the locations I prospect are all tiny and require hand tools....Mel
Steve- Poppy Jasper is a tough one to get a hold of Unfractured- That is one of the reasons you don't see a lot of tumbled (well except from mel!) stuff- Most of us cab between the fractures- Last I knew Stoner might have some rough he would be willing to sell- PM him and see
I can't tell if thats some Gneiss Schist, or that Schist is Gneiss. All I know is don't take it for Granite
Boy howdy it's fractured. Yesterday I slabbed up about a 4-5 pound chunk of Morgan Hill Poppy Jasper and ended up with a bunch of 2-3 inch pieces. Cutting around the fractures is the only way to cab it. I imagine it's tricky to tumble because of grit lodging in the fractures.
But it's nice stuff. The colors and patterns remind me of the 60s and 70s. That is from what I can remember about those times... ;-)
Rick Copeland Silversmith and Lapidary Artisan rockymountainwonders.com
Rick, Yep the fracture in poppy jasper is so frustrating. My buddy actually drops his slabs on soft dirt to make sure they crack "before" cabbing and they can be real blade breakers in the saw too as they like to shatter at bad times. The Sierra Material is more solid but the best stuff has long since been hunted out and even this material, though from a non seismic region, has often been fractured by weathering and metamorphic processes. I prefer not to treat rocks I work but sometimes I like to fill the worst cracks in Morgan Hill material with Hotstuff. It fills pretty well and helps stabilize the stones. One thing we have to admit, boy poppy jasper has beautiful and unusual color combinations and patterns....Mel
wampidy: I will joke about any subject that does not infuriate me.
Jan 20, 2015 8:00:10 GMT -5
wampidy: Including ya'll
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wampidy: And snotpickerforever rockpickerforever (damn, I am not sure but I think I promised to never use that name again) will back me up on that.
Jan 20, 2015 8:04:14 GMT -5
wampidy: Okay, ya'll can go back to work now.
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wampidy: Hello, HELLO, Is anybody there? Where in the hell is everybody?
Jan 20, 2015 8:09:34 GMT -5
wampidy: Oh crap, I forgot that Q is rockin. Never mind.
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Fossilman: Jim,you all right......LMAO!!!!
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gemologistjohn: I know a bit about this material. I named Jessite and wrote an article on it in 2014, january issue of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist Magazine. Very little ever came out after that. Kaily Agate was found in the same vein same mine. both my kids names
Jan 22, 2015 10:01:54 GMT -5
gemologistjohn: Kaily Agate is the correct spelling and name for this material. If I can figure out how to put pix in here I will show both Jessite and Kaily Agates
Jan 22, 2015 10:02:42 GMT -5
Shotgunner: gem'o john, you need to use a remote host for pics. Like your website, flickr or another...
Jan 22, 2015 21:49:31 GMT -5
stonesthrow: I have a couple slabs of the jessite and kaily agate
Jan 22, 2015 23:30:34 GMT -5
stonesthrow: Hi John we spoke via email some months back
Jan 22, 2015 23:31:29 GMT -5
drocknut: Had a blast at the bbq last night in Quartzsite. Great catching up with friends.
Jan 25, 2015 14:13:58 GMT -5
rockpickerforever: Back home after 9 days in Quartzsite, wanted to stay longer! Will be having a contest - guess the mileage - winner gets am MFRB of Brenda Jasper from the field trip. Will get pics and post details tomorrow. Stay tuned!
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roxgrrl: Anyone around from Minnesota/Wisco?
Jan 26, 2015 13:41:41 GMT -5
adam: nope, Kentucky here... some day, though, maybe I'll live out west. location affects everything. sigh.
Jan 26, 2015 15:41:43 GMT -5
Fossilman: We moved from North Dakota to Oregon-I'm in rock heaven here!!!!!!!!! Thumbs up
Jan 27, 2015 12:22:51 GMT -5
europast: Lucky people live in Oregon - the rest of us just wish we did!
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Fossilman: Montana comes so close though....
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