Ocean jasper is a relatively rare variety of orbicular jasper that can only be found in Madagascar. Following the discovery of the deposit in the 1950's, the stone remained relatively unknown until the year 2000 when it turned up at the Tucson Mineral Fair in the USA. Just six years later and ocean jasper was almost completely mined out. Although more gem-grade material was subsequently found in other parts of the island, they too have now dried up.
This colourful ocean jasper stone is every bit as beautiful as it appears in our photo. Minute sparkling crystals can be seen as they reflect light from certain angles.
Finding ocean jasper of this size and grade is now extremely difficult. This free-standing stone was a great find and will certainly compliment any collection of rocks and minerals.