Map Jasper, Natural, Smooth Round, 8mm with 2mm Hole, One Strand

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Jasper, Map, Natural, Smooth Round, 8mm with 2mm Hole, One Strand.

This price is for one strand 12 to 14 inches long.

8mm strands have 43 to 48 pieces and has 2mm hole. 

Here is another Jasper that probably has several names out in the industry. The factory in China calls this one Map Jasper. It is a nice warm creamy base with mostly black swirls with some beige and yellow. With some imagination, some beads could look like maps of countries on the globe.

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 

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

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