There is a kind of jasper called 'red creek', named not only because of where it is mined, but also the colors and its almost landscape-like patterns. The most prized variety looks like watercolour paintings and is evocative of the southwest of the United States with those toasted terracotta shades with gold and turquoise. I remember strolls along creek beds with forest, red cliffs, and little critters like squirrels.
I have only seen truly gorgeous examples at the bead and stone fairs where the stone smiths have foraged for the best pieces and handled the lapidary themselves. It was in one such place that I found this little beautiful specimen of Red Creek jasper. To do it justice, I partnered it with amber, raku, small jasper and tiger eye beads, New Mexican turquoise, Czech glass beads, and copper plus two little carved tiger eye critters. The overall effect is light and delicate with those glowing hues of turquoise and terracotta.