All of the picture jaspers that I have talked about are found in the United States, but this article wouldn't be complete if I didn't mention some of the amazing scenic jaspers that are found in other countries. India, Russia, and Australia all boast beautiful jaspers, but one of my personal favorites is a recent find from Egypt called Royal Sahara Jasper.
In 2006, this beautiful form of porcelain jasper was discovered by Oasis Prospecting Company in the eastern Sahara Desert. Similar in scenic looks to original Biggs or Deschutes, when cutting Royal Sahara it does not have any waste! The outer rind is rather thin and the inside of each and every nodule is loaded with pictures, found in every single cut. Personally, I also played a small part when this amazing material was introduced to the United States, by being the first lapidary wire-artist to work with it! Instead of rewriting my experiences, I would like to direct you to the full article, including photos of my work, that was in the Jan/Feb 2009 issue of Colored Stone magazine titled: "Royal Sahara Jasper Gets Wired!" (PDF download, 226KB) listed below in the resources.
Picture Jasper wrapped in 14kt gold filled wire by Jane Duke
A matching set, pendant and bolo tie, made from Royal Sahara Jasper cabochons. Designed by Dale Cougar Armstrong and cut by her husband Charlie.