Way back in 2020 during our first trip to Big Bend, TX, we found a really cool stone on one of our very early rockhounding adventures. There was something uniquely special about it that caught my eye. It was greenish, with black swirls, seemingly pieces of turquoise and even gold glitters. We find our share of Pyrite (Fool’s Gold) specs in stones often in New Mexico, but this stone seemed a little different. It was a smallish stone that for a long time we kept as a kind of sentimental piece, perhaps one of the first real pieces of agate that we had ever found together. Agonizingly, the stone got lost for about a year but then re-found in 2021. For another year we used it as an altar piece to hang around amongst our Egyptian god statues. And then a couple weeks ago I was moving it, got curious and put it in with the next batch of stones that I was to cut and shape. When I was cutting the first slice with my small chop saw, an unusual amount of sparks started flying from the stone and bouncing off my glasses. Right then I knew I had a super cool piece on my hands. Upon the completion of that first cut, what I saw inside amazed me and I knew it was indeed something special. The black vein running through it was like a string (similar to a clear tube of frog eggs) of turquoise and gold specs with small black circles within it. After grinding, finishing and polishing the piece into a guitar pick shaped medallion, I knew that I had to have it for myself. It has the overall look and feel of a rattlesnake head. Something about the pattern in the stone is scaly and reptilian. Hence the birth of REPTILIAN JASPER. It’s the only piece like it that we have ever found, but I hope to find more in the future. There’s still one slice left (on the altar table by my bed next to the Buddha), and the necklace turned out great–I wear it almost every day!