Mookaite Polished Sphere
Large mookaite sphere, highly polished and weighing in at just over one kilo.
Mookaite is a variety of the mineral jasper that's sometimes also known as Australian Jasper or Mook Jasper. Originally given this name by locals simply for identification purposes, the name stuck and is now widely used and recognised even though it has never been officially registered. This colourful rock was named after Mooka Creek which is the location in Western Australia where it is mined.
Grading 6½ to 7 on Mohs scale of mineral hardness means that Mookaite is relatively hard which makes it an ideal lapidary material. Stones can be exceptionally colourful and often display hues of red, orange, blue, green and yellow. When used as a gemstone it's usually crafted as a cabochon but beads and tumbled stones are also very popular.
Weight (grams) : 1016
Size (cms) : in 9.5 diameter