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Morgan Hill Poppy Jasper

Morgan Hill Poppy Jasper is an orbicular semi precious gemstone cabochon material with red and yellow orbs or "poppy flowers". It comes from Morgan Hill, California near the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

There are four known locations of Poppy Jasper near the town of Morgan Hill, none of which are now being actively mined because the gemstone is found only on private property or protected lands. This area is known for tectonic plate movement and this gemstone cabochon material usually has fracture lines-both healed and unhealed.

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