This is a beautiful example of Snakeskin Jasper, in an oval shape. This sample is good for those interested in collecting the many forms of Agate, Jasper, or sometimes other minerals, or for those interested in pendant jewelry.
Snakeskin Jasper occurs in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. The deposit is about 100 miles from the iron ore mining town of Newman which is in turn approximately 700 miles north of the capital, Perth. The gemstone occurs as seams of jaspilite in a banded iron formation called "The Weeli Wooli Formation". The age of this formation is around 2.5 billion years, so metamorphism & folding has added other interesting features such as cross cutting quartz veins & contortions to the unusual banding.
Although this is a cab, you can also glue on "bails", or have the piece drilled to accept a pinch bail. Either approach will let you turn this sample into a fine pendant.