Friday, May 25, 2012

Mary Ellen Jasper: Pretty Name, Gorgeous Stone

I just finished up the first Mary Ellen jasper that I've had the pleasure to work with. When I first saw this online, from a very good and reputable dealer, I got a little breathless. I wondered if the red was as red as it was pictured. I had to wait for a sale to get it and hoped that it wouldn't get snapped up before then. In the end, however, it became mine.

I opened the box that it came in with more nerves than I had anticipated. I was really afraid that I would be disappointed after wanting it so badly. I bought two red stones (I've been on a hunt for red stones.) The first that I saw in the box was a Sonoran Plume agate, which was a muddy red. Then I saw the Mary Ellen jasper.

Love at first sight!!! I was more than happy with this yummy stone. It is really red, but even better is the background of black to smoky gray with a mirror like play in the light. That red really stands out against the black. And, if that wasn't enough, the pattern of red, which is actually fossil algae or Stromatolites- the oldest fossils on earth- the pattern looked like red roses to me. Sweetness!

It didn't take me long to decide what to do with it. I traced around it on some paper and started doodling. What I came up with is my idea of a trellis. Yeah, it's a little avant garde maybe or even far fetched, but I designed it and that is what influenced me.  :) I used silver and will not be doing a patina.

Am I the only one who can get so worked up over a stone? LOL!

Speaking of stones-- On Sunday, I am going to go learn something that I have always wanted to learn. I am more excited than even getting a Mary Ellen jasper in the mail or a new purse. Stay tuned- phase 2 of Tela's love of rocks is coming to a blog near you.

(Ignore the reflections in the pictures.)


  1. Hey Tela, What a gorgeous stone! Delighted you were thrilled with your purchase and I can see why. I have not seen this type of jasper before and love its rich colors. Once again, your wrapping brought out the beauty of the stone without over shadowing it.

    Looking forward to phase 2!

    1. Good morning, Christine :) Yes, the stone is a stunner and I couldn't be more happy. I'm glad you like the wrap for it.

      I begin phase 2 in just a few hours. I'm nervous and excited at the same time. :)

  2. Ooooh, pretty! Red AND fossils, you say? Sounds like the perfect combination.

    Can't wait to see what you'll be learning on Sunday! I have a guess as to what it is, but I'll keep that to myself. ;)

    1. Hi Sarah :) Yup, the red in the stone is fossils. Pretty cool!

      I'm getting ready to go do my thing now. I've waited many years to do this and never thought I would get the chance. :)


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