Ocean jasper is a stone from Madagascar that's becoming increasingly rare. Believed to have first been discovered in the 1950's, it was not officially introduced to the world until the year 2000 at the Tucson Mineral Show in the USA.
The earliest finds came from an area in Madagascar known as Kabamby. A photograph of this newly found stone was included in a French encyclopedia of minerals published in 1977. The photograph sparked new interest in the stone and it was subsequently rediscovered in 1999.
The reason ocean jasper hadn't been rediscovered any sooner was because the area where it was found was only visible during low tide.
By 2006 very little material from this deposit was left available to mine. Although other small veins of ocean jasper were subsequently discovered, all are now mined out. For this reason finding any nice material can be extremely difficult.
This beautiful ocean jasper sphere is standing on an elegant polished hematite ring. The mineral hematite is brittle so the ring must be handled carefully. It's not included in the price of this sphere but can be purchased separately.