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See Spot Bead … This is Spot. Spot is a Bead. Bead, Spot, Bead!  March’s stone of the month is Dalmatian Jasper. Dalmatian Jasper is named, surprisingly – as it is obvious – and the obvious tends to surprise these days – for the Dalmatian dog. The origin of the name of the dog is a little less clear – it appears to be named not for the country of Dalmatia (a mountainous chunk of Europe that is now part of Croatia) – but rather for the liturgical or royal ceremonial over-robe called a dalmatic. The dalmatic, however, got it’s …