Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Field trip to the museum

"Ok, kids. You know the rules. No running in the museum, no touching the paintings and please don't be so loud, we have to think of the other visitors, too."

Nah, don't worry. This little trip will be very laid back as we will visit a virtual museum now. You don't have to be afraid of touching the paintings, either. Well, unless you don't like the fingerprints on your monitor, that is. Oh, and the paintings I will show you are available for buying, you don't have to settle for the little refrigerator magnets or a print. You can own the real thing.

Now, what are those paintings I keep talking about? They have not been created by man, but by nature. I mean jasper. I'm by no means an expert on the subject of jasper and to be honest, for years and years I didn't even look it closely because I always was pretty much a sparkle girl.
Enough talk, let's have a look instead.

Let's start with a stunner by 2 Belles and a Bead. It's called Cherry Creek Jasper. What I see is sun falling through the leaves in a wood.

It's not hard to see where this jasper got his name from, California Poppy Jasper. You'll find this beautiful pendant in the studio of Ava Designs. Imagine going for a walk at dusk. I think that is what poppies would look like then.

A favorite of mine is Picture Jasper. It speaks of desert, sand dunes, oases or paths in a dry wood. I wouldn't be surprised if any minute a camel would show on these lovely earrings by Kristi Bowman Design!

African Autum Jasper is the star of this impressive pendant by Angie's Jewelry Design. This one really reminds me of an abstract painting with rich earthy colors.

Oops, seems the museum is closing down for today, but maybe you'll like to come back some other day when I found more paintings for you. It would make me very happy.

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Ava said...

I just love going to the museum! Jasper is such a strong and beautiful stone, and nature the most awesome painter!

mcstoneworks said...

What a tour. I love all of the different kinds of jasper. The examples showcased are stunning. I especially love Ava's.

Koolbraider said...

Jasper comes in such wonderful variations it's hard to pick just one favorite. These are lovely examples (and would fit perfectly in my pocket when the guard isn't looking....)

galadryl said...

Lovely choices, I love jasper too, there are soooo many variations.

Beadorigami said...

What a neat tour and pretty stones to go with it!

tjrjewellery said...

Very lovely stones and jewellery.

BeadSire said...

I'm a museum junkie - what an awesome virtual tour - thanks Cat for the journey.

DawninCal said...

Jasper in all it's forms is an amazing stone. I love all the little paintings Mother Nature leaves for us to enjoy and interpret if we take the time to look closely.

What a wonderful guided tour. Thanks Cat!

Jeanne said...

I really enjoyed this little trip through the museum. I love going to museums anyway. :) You chose some beautiful examples of the very pretty jasper family.

FeatheredGems said...

What a fun virtual tour!

Bonnie said...

Great post. I love jasper in all of its infinite varieties. These are some beautiful examples.

Cassie said...

Loving the jasper jewelry! I love the different ways it can be used and how it gives such an earthy look to jewelry (imagine that... lol)!