Polychrome Jasper 8mm Round Bead - 7.25" Strand
- 8mm Smooth Round Polychrome Jasper Bead
- 7.25" strand
- Approximately 23 beads per strand
- From China
- Each strand is slightly different based on the one-of-a-kind nature of the stones
Polychrome means “painted, printed, or decorated in several colors.” and Jasper means “spotted or speckled”. Polychrome Jasper is also known as Desert Jasper, because of all the vivid colors similar to those found in a painted desert.
Jasper is a member of the chalcedony family. It is usually an opaque stone with a solid color or an irregular display of colors caused by various mineral impurities. Its colors are usually red, yellow, brown, or green in color and rarely blue. The common red color is due to iron inclusions. It often contains an abundance of impurities, and therefore some regard it as a rock instead of a mineral. Patterns arise during the consolidation process forming flow and depositional patterns in the original silica rich sediment or ash. The Jasper name means "spotted or speckled stone".