Mookaite Jasper is one of my favorite gemstones. The range of colors that nature has brought together in the Jasper is phenomenal. I have tried to capture this spectrum of colors in this bracelet. I have used flower-shaped beads of the Jasper along with faceted rounds and smooth coins to create this colorful garden, which as you can see has attracted a bee (the round toggle) and a humming bird (charm). Perfect accessory for season's wardrobe.
Jaspers have been used as ornamental and gemstones from ancient times. They are microcrystalline Quartz in association with a variety of other minerals which give the Jaspers colorful patterns and bands. Jaspers are often named according to its color or patterns. Mookaite (also known as Moukaite) Jasper is found in Australia and the different combinations of clay and iron oxide gives it a wide range of colors, from white to mustard yellow to brick red and mauve.
Length: 7.25 inches. Guide to sizing Bracelets: Using a measuring tape, measure snugly (not too tight) around the wrist just below the wrist bone. For adults add 3/4th to 1 inch to above measurement to determine the bracelet length. This is the length given above.
Beading Wire: 0.19"/49 strand professional quality beading wire with 14k gold-filled crimps, and crimp covers. 14 karat Gold-Filled (14K GF) beads are made by bonding a layer of 14 karat gold with high pressure and heat to base metal and then shaped as desired. Industry standard requires that the quantity of gold be at least 1/20th of the total weight and the Karat measurement must be marked.
Bead size: 20 mm flowers; 16 mm coins and 10 mm faceted rounds.
Care: Clean with soft fabric, or non-abrasive polishing cloth. Avoid direct contact with perfumes, hairspray, and deodorants. Jewelry should be worn after application of cosmetics. Store wrapped in soft fabric or sealed in plastic bag.
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