Snakeskin jasper is one of many varieties of jasper that can be found around the world. Mined in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, this deep red and white patterned stone is a banded iron formation. The location where it's found is home to one of the world's largest iron producers.
Banded iron formations are formed when iron rich sediments are expelled from underground vents into large bodies of water. As the iron settles it forms alternating layers which build up over millions over years. These gradually harden and the process of metamorphism then introduces interesting patterns and other features.
The area where snakeskin jasper is mined is believed to be around two and half billion years old.
This snakeskin jasper pendant has been crafted in a hand-made sterling silver setting. The reason it has been reduced is because the silver has not been hallmarked as it should have been. The setting is however sterling silver and it's the only metal we have ever used for our collection of ladies pendants.