Custom cut and polished Mariposite set earrings. Necklace/pendant/slide/enhancer in 14kgf wire. size pendant 1 7/8 x 15/16 inches 48mm x 23mm earrings: 1 1/4 x 5/8 inches or 32mm x 11mm One of a kind custom cut and polished by us also.
Jewelry Robert wire wrapped today at Gun Show. Beautiful Mariposite from Carson Hill Calf. by Angel Camp Gold Mine called "The Mother Lode". Given to Bob & I from a friend that collected it, Micheal Turner. A Big Thank You.
I soon learned that mariposite means different things to different people. To a builder, mariposite is an attractive, marblelike ornamental stone. To a lapidary, mariposite is quartz that is flecked or streaked with dark-green mica. To the rockhound, high-quality mariposite is beautiful and collectible. And of interest to everyone, mariposite may be the rock that started the California gold rush.
A Monday morning found me driving from my hometown of Las Vegas, Nevada, to Fresno, California, a journey of some 400 miles. The next day, I traveled north on state Route 99 to Merced. At that point, I headed east to Mariposa, which marks the southern end of the Mother Lode. As I drove through the oak woodland, I thought about what I had read about mariposite. I started at the beginning: What did Mariposa mean?
Mariposa is Spanish for “butterfly”. The name of the town and county go back to the naming of Mariposa Creek. There, in 1806, Padre Muñoz, traveling with the Gabriel Moraga expedition, recorded butterflies in “great multitude, especially at night and morning”. He remarked that, “One of the corporals of the expedition got one in his ear, causing him considerable annoyance and no little discomfort in its extraction.”