Ocean Jasper is a rare variety of Orbicular Jasper which comes in a wide range of colours and with many different patterns although this semi precious stone generally exhibit spherical orb like markings. Although Orbicular Jasper can be found in abundance in many locations worldwide, Ocean Jasper is unique to the African island of Madagascar and has only been found on one of the islands' coastlines. About 75% of the plants, animals, minerals and gemstones that are found here are endemic meaning they cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Sadly Ocean Jasper is now completely mined out meaning there is little or no gem grade material left to mine. This will inevitably result in it gradually becoming more expensive and also much rarer than it already is.
Ocean Jasper originally came to light in the 1950's but it could not be confirmed exactly where it had come from. As a result it was quickly forgotten about until a picture of a particularly beautiful specimen was published in an encyclopedia of minerals. Soon after, its source was re-discovered in a remote area on Madagascar's north west coast. The reason it had remained hidden for so long was because it only became exposed during low tide. Having finally been re-discovered, the next issue was access because of the lack of any decent roads hence the mine could only be reached by boat. Initially all mining was done solely by hand as it was not possible to transport heavy lifting equipment or industrial machinery to the site.
Ocean Jasper re appeared at the International Gem and Mineral show in Tucson, Arizona in January 2000 but by 2006 the mine was exhausted.
The wide variety of colours that can be found in Ocean Jasper are because of many different minerals, red is iron or Hematite, yellow or grey is clay and brown is usually goethite. Occasionally crystals can also be seen on its surface and these gemstones are known as druzy and are the result of Quartz formations. Ocean Jasper can either be opaque or translucent and when held up against a bright light, translucent pieces often boast fascinating patterns and markings within the illuminated Quartz.
In crystal healing it is beneficial for detoxifying, stress, patience, circulation, insomnia, eczema, colds and also for bringing the body into balance. It can bring long hidden unresolved emotional issues to the surface and help one to accept responsibility.
A unique and magnificent gemstone, Ocean Jasper is perfect for use in ladies jewellery due to its hardness and because of the many colours, patterns and markings that each piece exhibits. It is graded six and a half to seven on Mohs scale of mineral hardness.
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