Beautiful leopardskin jasper crystals from the state of Chihuahua in north western Mexico.
Leopardskin jasper is widely described as an orbicular jasper with wonderfully distinctive markings. Colours can vary from light shades of brown to the deepest shades of red. The name jasper is often used incorrectly to describe any colourful decorative stone that can be highly polished. This is because using the name 'jasper' instead of the geological name makes the stone far more saleable to the wider commercial market.
This attractive material is in fact orbicular rhyolite which explains why the name leopardskin jasper is more popular. Orbicular simply means it features orb-like or spherical markings. Rhyolite is a volcanic igneous rock whereas jasper is made up of quartz and/or chalcedony as well as other minerals and substances. Jasper is basically the mineral content of volcanic ash or sediments which have solidified over millions of years. For this reason although jasper is often described as a mineral, it's actually a rock.
Whether you prefer to call this stone leopardskin jasper or orbicular rhyolite, it's an attractive and colourful material. It takes on a high polish and is widely used around the world for lapidary purposes.
These incredibly tactile leopardskin jasper tumbled stones are classed as size large. Like most tumbled stones exact weights and and sizes do vary from piece. With some being smaller or flatter than others we've split sizes into medium and large. We also have a slightly smaller leopardskin jasper tumbled stone available.