Gemstones and Color

Gemstones and Color – what a wide open topic of conversation.  I work with gemstones all day long and never tire of the vast range of color available.  Since at, Gems of the Northwest, we focus on focal beads made from, guess what….gems of the Pacific Northwest, we have a very broad palette of color choices.  One of our most popular groups of stones is the Northwest Jaspers.  These Jaspers are a mecca for the artist looking for colorful stones.  It has SO many choices…

…Willow Creek Jasper…


Matching Pair of Round Gemstones Made From Willow Creek Jasper

…is rich with lavender, greens, cream, and brown.

If you are tantalized by reds and yellows, you may find …

Designer Focal Bead Made From Owyhee Mountain Dendritic Jasper

…Owyhee Mountain Dendritic a great choice.

Or perhaps you would like to focus on some tantalizing blues –

… found in this Owyhee Jasper …

Freeform Owyhee Jasper Cabochon

…. and Big Horn Jasper.

Large Heart Focal Bead Made From Big Horn Jasper

Big bold dark browns and black…

Huge Circular Focal Bead Made From Biggs Jasper

…. are dominant in Deschutes Jasper.

A mosaic of color is nice…

Rocky Butte Jasper Focal Bead

… in Rocky Butte.


Like Green?….

Large Oval Morrisonite Focal Bead

 …Check out Morrisonite.

So let’s see… green, brown, black, cream, blue, yellow, red, lavender….I could go on but, hopefully, I have made my point.  Jasper truly is a gemstone rich with colors.

On a side note:

If you are looking for colored stones to compliment your jasper piece,  check out the, American Gem Trade Association’s site, Add More Color to Your Life,  This is a truly a “gem” of a site and is a great referral source.   If you are not familiar with, The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA), it is a not-for-profit association of United States and Canadian trade professionals dedicated to promoting the long-term stability and integrity of the natural colored gemstone and Cultured Pearl industries.   There are many reasons to look at this site but, I think you will find their Gem Palette a quick reminder of gem choices by color.  You can always just refer to a good ol’ color wheel,, if you don’t need help remembering stones and just want color combinations.  Anyway, between these two sites, you have an easy assist in planning color around your choice of Jasper and your next jewelry project.  Too much fun!

Ciao for now,


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