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What is Orbicular Jasper?

close up of a colourful piece of ocean jasper

Orbicular Jasper has Spherical Markings

Orbicular jasper is a distinctive variety of jasper that can be identified by its orb-like spherical markings.  Used primarily as a decorative material stones can be exceptionally colourful and take on a high polish.

Different varieties of orbicular jasper can be found in several locations around the world.

Ocean jasper which is possibly one of the best known varieties can only be found in Madagascar.  Another is poppy jasper from Morgan Hill, Santa Clara County California.orbicular jasper museum exhibitThe prominent rounded markings make varieties of orbicular jasper particularly unique.  Jasper is mostly opaque because as much as 20% of its chemical composition is other minerals and substances. 

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The picture in our article is a variety of orbicular jasper. The photo is clickable and redirects to the original image. Courtesy of Stan Celestian.

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