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Owyhee Jasper Cabochons

Owyhee Picture Jasper (pronounced Oh-WAH-hee), comes from the Owyhee mountain area situated on the Idaho-Oregon border.

Owyhee Jasper is another one of the very popular semi precious gemstone picture jaspers used for designer cabochons, because it is known for its depictions of mountain or desert scenery!

Owyhee Mountain was named for natives of Hawaii.  Three native Hawaiians helped to explore the Snake River area in the 1800s, and later trappers liked the name.

The Greek origin of the word jasper, iaspis, means "spotted stone." It is a member of the chalcedony family, or a microcrystalline quartz, and it has a hardness of about 7 on the Moh's scale. 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).

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