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Bruneau Jasper Cabochons

Very well known Bruneau Jasper, a beautiful semi precious gemstone that comes from the region near the Bruneau River in western Idaho, about 30 miles south of the tiny town of Bruneau. Bruneau Jasper is sometimes referred to as a porcelain jasper because the semi precious gemstone cabochons have such a nice porcelain-like finish.

The Bruneau Jasper flow is the most silica-rich rhyolite flow in the area and is predominantly red and brown jasper. The deposit covers several 100 meters and is covered with unpatented claims.

The Greek origin of the word jasper, iaspis, means "spotted stone." This form of chalcedony, or microcrystalline quartz, is usually red, brown or green. Its patterns are much less regular and defined than those of the other chalcedony variety, agate. Another difference between the two is that jaspers are generally opaque, while agates tend to be translucent (or at least contain translucent bands). Bruneau Jasper has a hardness of about 7 on the Moh's scale.

Metaphysical Properties: Picture Jaspers are said to help bring balance to your life.