Huge CHRISTMAS COLOR Marston Ranch Jasper Bookends - Beautifully Polished Natural Stone!!

Regular price $339.00

Here's something you won't see anywhere else - a spectacular set of Marston Jasper bookends with a really mind boggling play of green and red color in 100% natural polished stone! These bookends display some of the many colors found in this very colorful northwest jasper, including gorgeous dark greens, reds and yellows. There's even a nice light fortification agate cavern exposed in the cut! We've polished these to a mirror finish to make a functional work of natural art that would look great in your home or office. This is a medium sized set of bookends that can handle all but perhaps the very largest of books. My apologies about the focus on the second photo, but it's just trying to show that the book contact faces are felted.

One of the most colorful jasper deposits in the world is located on the Marston Ranch just outside of Ashwood Oregon. We've collected some exceptional "Marston wood" from this mine over the last few years and I'm finally getting some specimens prepared. This is one of my favorite materials to use in bookends as it is so richly colored and every set is completely different from the last. There is some debate as to whether this deposit is a wood replacement or not. Some rockhounds claim it's actually a petrified bog. The jasper leaves enough clues behind to fuel the mystery, but not settle it. What isn't debated is that it's one of the most richly colored gem grade jasper deposits anywhere on the planet. Rock & Gem magazine featured an extensive write-up on the location and the stone it produced earlier this year. The colors cover the rainbow, but are dominated by red, yellow and green. Sometimes it has drusy crystal pockets, sometimes you'll find pastel mint tones or even purple. The natural buff colored rind of the stone is punky and somewhat porous and doesn't polish to the fine luster the interior portion of the seam does, but I like it for the sand colored contrast which makes the stone look more natural.

We select only the largest and showiest pieces of petrified wood to cut into bookends. These pieces are carefully cut in our shop so that you end up with a perfectly matched pair, one agate piece is the mirror image of the other. Of course, there are plenty of differences in the two halves, but the photo should let you appreciate how well we do this. The bookends sit perfectly upright and are completely square to one another. They are felted on both the sides and bottom to protect the books and the shelf. We make sure they are 100% functional on top of being beautiful! Of course, these agates proudly show the perfect polish that the Sticks-in-Stones rockshop has dedicated itself to. The finish looks poured on - but there's nothing there except rock!!

Each half measures about 11" tall & 8 1/2" wide across the polished face. They're cut just under 2" thick. Weight for this set is just over 24 lbs. which makes these bookends suitable for virtually any size books you might have including law books, paperbacks, novels, even cookbooks or textbooks.

What better way to accentuate a bookshelf, desk or your mantle than with this unbelievable natural work of art! Good luck!