Picture Jasper and Kids~

What kid does not like rocks.   Sometimes kids throw rocks, sometimes they climb rocks, or maybe they simply trade rocks.  Whatever the “plot,” rocks are a magnet for children.   With a little nudge, parents can take this magnetic force from playground fun to a disguised educational activity and…

…picture jasper is the perfect Segway…

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Our kids grew up with, “Where’s Waldo?”  This was a very popular children’s book that absolutely captivated their attention by the hour. 

The primary concept of this book was simply to

… find Waldo in a sea of detail…

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…The way I see it, picture jasper is the “Where’s Waldo?” of the rock world…

…but instead of finding, Waldo….

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…you find the picture in the rock.

Maybe you see the sun rise…

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…or a river of lava violently splashing over the rocks….

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…maybe a sandstorm in the desert….

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… or cherry blossoms framing Mt. Fuji.

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What one child sees may be completely different from what another child sees. 

There is no wrong answer.

Children can share and feel delight…

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…from their imaginations and creativity.

Picture Jasper is just one of the magical gifts of Mother Nature.

When a parent spends time looking at “pictures” with their child.

they may be helping them to uncover

…a special interest…

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…or hobby…

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…a creative outlet…

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…or even a career path.

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…A parent never knows what inner passion may be ignited.

Finding the picture in the stone is…

an easy and enjoyable way to create an educational interest for your children.

Finding the picture in the stone is…

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… Fun…

…Complements of Picture Jasper!

Find the focal beads in this article along with many other gemstones at our Etsy store located at:   http://www.cascadegems.com

Did Someone Say…. Gemstone Knife Collection?

There is something alluring about rocks.  I guess it is the fact there is such a wide variety with all types  of patterns and colors and you can usually find some form of a rock wherever you are.  From the time you are a kid and skip rocks across the lake, make the eyes on a snowman or, wear one on your finger, it seems we never tire of them.   This fascination with rocks has led Doug and I to numerous types of collections;  specimen stones,  faceted gemstones, carved stones, jewelry….yes, we love our rocks.

I realize there are all kinds of rock/gemstone collections.  One day while I was researching information on a type of Owyhee Jasper we carry in our Etsy shop,  I came across a collection of knives made from Owyhee Jasper.   Now, I know Owyhee Jasper is a sought after porcelain Jasper which is commonly known as the, “King of Jaspers” but, I had not ever seen it used on a knife.  As I proceeded to investigate, I continued to discover collections of these steel and gemstone masterpieces being showcased.  Now, to me, a knife is simply a tool (mind you, a very useful tool, but still a tool).  Well, let’s just say, these knives were far beyond being…just a tool!!!  Breathtaking is the word that comes to mind and I believe these pictures will reveal my point…

…Owyhee Jasper…

Model 6-IF-WL; 416 ss interframe with Owyhee Jasper inlay; 13c26 Sandvik blade steel.

…Bradley Knives in Weatherford, Texas.

…Bruneau Jasper…

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…Arizona Custom Knives  (St. Augustine, Florida)…

…Willow Creek Jasper…

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…Carrasite Jasper…

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Michael Hoover (Art In Stone, Fox Island, WA)…

…Morrisonite Jasper

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…Custom Knife by Scott Sawby (Sandpoint, Idaho)…

…Owyhee Picture Jasper…

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… Scott Sawby (Sandpoint, Idaho)…

…Owyhee Picture Jasper…

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…Scott Sawby (Sandpoint, Idaho)…

As you can see, these knives are undoubtedly heirloom quality and an exquisite example of the successful pairing of  steel and gemstone artistry.  I am sure they are a source of great pride for the artist and can easily command several hundred to thousands of dollars.  They would be an incredible addition to any knife collection.

FYI…We will soon be offering rough in all these Owyhee Jaspers on our website, www.cascadegems.

Colleen~