*Cranberry Jasper cut by Gary Wilson
*Freshwater pearls
*Thai silver elements, cones, charm
*Sterling spacers, beads, findings, earrings
*14kt gold posts
*Seed beads
*Necklace is signed, numbered, dated

Length: 22" - 27" (56 cm - 69 cm) Shown on model at shortest length
Centerpiece: 3.5" x 2" (9 cm x 5 cm)
Weight: 5.1 oz (145 gm)

Earring drop length: 1 5/8" (4 cm)
Earring weight: 3.8 gm ea (a nickel weighs about 5 gm)

Item #725 - $698 (set)

Necklace and
Earrings - $698:
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Cranberry Jasper Necklace and Earrings

Cranberry Jasper Necklace
Cranberry Jasper Necklace Detail
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Cranberry Jasper Necklace on model
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Here is a lovely Cranberry Jasper heart and sweet little earrings. What is Cranberry Jasper? Where does it come from? I'm asking YOU because I have no idea, so sorry! Mr. Google gave me cranberry sauce recipes when I asked him about it.

As you are undoubtedly aware, there are roughly a gazillion named varieties of jasper. One can often recognize a jasper, jaspagate, or rhyolite by its distinctive colors and patterns, e.g., Sonora Dendritic, Apache Sage, Imperial, Morrisonite, Dead Camel, Cherry Creek, Picasso, Ocean, Owyhee, Bumblebee, Zebra... there can hardly be any confusion about these. However, this Cranberry has me stumped. Ordinarily I would have asked, however in the whirlwind that is Gary Wilson's booth in Tucson that isn't the easiest thing to do. It is safe to say this lovely stone has very unusual colors and patterns.

The little earring stones might give a clue (or not): They were in the small tray of Cranberry Jasper and seemed to match the heart nicely. However the invoice for the earring stones said "Mook Jasper" which is, in fact, what they look like. So I believe the earring stones are Mook/Mookite/Mookaites, but it is very unlikely the heart is Mook. For one thing, Gary would not have had separate trays for Cranberry Jasper and for Mook if they were the same thing; the very pale creamy color is unlike Mook though Mook is remarkably variable; and most importantly because my large bag of Mook makes me feel weirdly uneasy, and this heart does not have that feeling to it at all. Reflecting on having purchased strands of Mook at various times, it has never made sense to me that I get it home and feel uncomfortable whenever I get it out. Simmons says that Mook "assists one in reclaiming one's latent capacity to feel the electromagnetic energy currents of the Earth..." perhaps that's why I find Mook a bit shocking?

Kidding aside, reading this about Mook made me recall Dr. Milham's observation that, "In remote, sparsely populated areas [like my home studio], single wire earth return systems return all current through the earth. When the grid was built, it was designed for all current to return in the neutral wires." He continues, "dirty electricity [high frequency voltage transients] rides along on the sixty-cycle sine wave of alternating current (AC) power... It is also increasingly found in ground currents returning to utility substations." He details health problems in farm animals and in humans that have been traced to dirty electricity. IMO Dr. Milham's little book is well worth reading and the precautions he recommends seem quite reasonable. In this regard, Dr. Karim's Biogeometry work (also below) is mind blowing, especially if you have an interest in ancient Egyptian technology, though it is not a how to guide. I wonder if the Mook I've never wanted to use has been trying to tell me something I need to pay attention to?

To get back to our assuredly non-Mook necklace, I put an overlay of a dancing red-crowned crane on the back of the heart because of the way cranes celebrate their love. While many birds perform extraordinary mating dances, the monogamous red-crowned cranes dance all year 'round which is said to strengthen and maintain their pair bond. So perhaps you will take a lesson from these birds and take your loved one dancing once in a while. Perhaps you would like to wear a fabulous heart necklace when you go. I hope you will order it and fall in love all over again.