FEB 2015 Stone of the Month

HORNITOS, a rare Poppy Jasper from California

Rare Hornitos Poppy Jasper, our Feb 2015 Stone of the Month, is from Hunters Valley, Mariposa, California. The rough material I have was mined long ago in what they call Jasper Point. It is probably the best looking material I’ve seen out of the 5 or 6 types they found in this area. Unlike Morgan Hill Poppy Jasper that can sometime contain lots of pits and fractures, Hornitos doesn’t have as many so I’m able to finish a cabochon free of them. If there is a fracture it has been sealed by nature. This jasper takes a glassy shine and makes great looking jewelry.

There were many different types of Hornitas, I would like to think mine probably has one of nicest looking poppy flowers. My pictures are extremely close to real life.

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You can see why we selected this stone for our Feb 2015 Stone of the Month, their red color intermixed with the white and brown create a cabochon just dying to be put into a fine jewelry design or transformed into a wire wrapped pendant.

My designer cabochons are available for sale in this shop. Click on this to see them: Hornitas Designer Cabochons

Poppy Jasper, a form of brecciated jasper comes from many different places, some of the better known material comes from California. The digging sites at places like Morgan Hill, Guadalupe and Hornitos are either private or no longer open, or have very little material left in their locations. I have seen some new material coming out but the quality is not the same as when it first opened up. I also heard that the Hornitos site was open for private tours on BLM land back in 2012, I don’t know the status of this today.

Mineral properties, Metaphysical and Folklore info

This jasper has qualities of enhancing organizational abilities, relaxation and a sense of wholeness. It aligns the chkras and balances the yin-yang, physical and emotional. It helps with animal allergies, plus other allergies. It is said to ward off dehydration. It’s also known as a good stone for grounding oneself and is associated with the root chakra.

This info is offered as a service, it’s not meant to replace medical treatment but can be used as a supplement or enhancement. Info accuracy not guaranteed and my info may have been shortened. Always consult a medical Dr. on your health matters.



Wikipedia is a good source for learning more about this stone or mineral, click here to find more info on Chrome Chalcedony (click on this to open Wikipedia in a new window.)