Green Zebra Jasper, Matte, Natural, Smooth Round in sizes 6mm & 8mm. Price per Strand

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Green Zebra Jasper, Matte, Natural, Smooth Round Beads in sizes 6mm & 8mm.

This price is for one bead strand 15 to 16 inches. long.

6mm strands have 60 to 65 pieces.

8mm strands have 43 to 48 pieces.

Like other jaspers, Zebra Jasper is found all over the world and has a long history. But, unlike most Jasper which is spotted, this variety has striping like a Zebra. It is typically white with black stripes, but it also comes in color variations like green, red, pink, and brown with white.

Zebra Jasper is found in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Egypt, India, Madagascar, Russia, Uruguay and USA.

Jasper is a member of the chalcedony family. It is usually an opaque stone with a solid color or an irregular display of colors caused by various mineral impurities. Its colors are usually red, yellow, brown, or green in color and rarely blue. The common red color is due to iron inclusions. It often contains an abundance of impurities, and therefore some regard it as a rock instead of a mineral. Patterns arise during the consolidation process forming flow and depositional patterns in the original silica rich sediment or ash. The Jasper name means "spotted or speckled stone".

Jasper is known to have been a favorite gem in the ancient world; its name can be traced back in Arabic, Persian, Hebrew, Assyrian, Greek and Latin. Jasper in mentioned many times in the Bible. Green jasper was used to make bow drills between 4th and 5th millennium BC. 

Hardness 6-7 

The source of these beads is China and they are cut, drilled and polished in China.

This is a natural stone that has had no treatment other than cutting, drilling, and polishing and the matte treatment mentioned here.

Matte beads have a velvety or frosted surface, rather than a shiny or reflective surface. These stones undergo additional tumbling that require knowledge of the material and skill. Each stone type requires a different amount of time in the tumbler depending on the material's hardness and characteristics. The matte finish also creates a variation in color from the traditional finish of the bead.