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Howardite RATTLESNAKE JASPER Rough for sale

This page has Howardite / RATTLESNAKE JASPER Rough for sale.


I rarely list any of this material because it is from my personal collection of about 300 pieces (less than that now).  When I list it will be shown here and on my ebay page.  It sells fast.  There is no more to be dug.  OLD STOCK, not the new stuff.         


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Orienting / cutting HOWARDITE RATTLESNAKE JASPER to get the best pattern.  

The hardest thing with Howardite / Rattlesnake Jasper (besides finding some of it) is correctly orienting the rough to get  the best pattern out of the material.  In the video shown below you can see all the different patterns in just this small piece of faced rough, changes based on the angle of the rough over a small area.  The best area of rough that produces the rattlesnake pattern is just adjacent/next to areas which are open, pockety and fluted- this is where the pulsation flow happened and the rattlesnaking pattern happens right next to these areas.  You must orient the rough correctly or you will not get the best pattern!  That being said, not all rough will have the coveted rattlesnake pattern, that is why it costs so much when you do see it, and the price will keep going up as this type will likely never be dug again!  If you can find it, BUY IT!