Ocean Jasper Sphere
Lightly Polished Ocean Jasper
Ocean Jasper is a rare stone that comes exclusively from Madagascar. It was first discovered in the 1950's but was not introduced properly to the world until the year 2000 but sadly by 2006, the mines were already depleted. Although other small deposits of Ocean Jasper have periodically been found, most if not all have now also been exhausted so there really is little or no gem grade material left available to mine.
Although it has always been thought of as being a rare variety of Orbicular Jasper, new research suggests that Ocean Jasper may actually belong to the family of minerals known as chalcedony. The reason for this is because some specimens exhibit slight translucency which is usually unheard of in jasper. The vast majority of jasper tends to be opaque unless very finely cut so this peculiarity is now being investigated further.
With Ocean Jasper being almost completely mined out, the supply chain is gradually drying up so finding nice quality material to use for lapidary purposes is becoming more difficult. This polished Ocean Jasper sphere is the only piece of its kind that we currently have available and is sure to be an eye-catching addition to any collection of rocks and minerals.
Weight (grams) : 500
Size (cms) : 7.3 (in diameter)