Blue Impression Jasper Necklace
Graduated fan of lovely tear drop shaped Blue Impression Jasper beads with tiny round Blue Impression Jasper beads strung in between - attached to a silver-plated brass chain terminating in a decorative Pewter hook-and-eye clasp (length - 21")
Impression Jasper - Impression Jasper is a composite stone (also known as reconstituted stone and reconstructed stone). Waste not, want not. Ever notice that some bead cuts are more expensive than others? The price isn’t only due to differing labor costs. It also reflects the amount of stone that is “lost” in the cutting process. In the 1980's, these stone remnants started to find new life as composite stone (a/k/a reconstituted stone and reconstruction stone). These terms refer to any stone created using stone remnants from the cutting process mixed with resin to create “new” stone that is cut into blocks and then turned into beads or cabochons.
The options available in composite stones are only limited by imagination. You can find everything from wild, funky parties of color to stones with striking metallic inclusions. Bold, contrasting color pairings or beads in solid, subtle tones. Even though these stones are creating by adding steps to the cutting process, they offer a great savings over traditional stone. Composite stones gives stone cutters additional revenue where they previously had a loss, so they can offer composite stones at a great price. There is something beautiful in decreasing our environmental footprint and increasing our creative thinking. Composite stone is the embodiment of repurposing, upcycling, and responsible environmental citizenship.
The best practices for the care and cleaning of composite stones will vary based on the materials. It is important to remember that all composite stone uses resin and some may use dyes. For that reason, ultrasonic and steam cleaning may destroy the integrity of the stone.