Ocean Jasper is a rare type of rock which comes exclusively from Madagascar. It has long believed to be variety of Orbicular Jasper but new research now suggests that it may actually be part of the family of minerals known as chalcedony instead. The reason behind this thinking is because jasper is rarely translucent unless it's cut very finely yet it's not unusual for Ocean Jasper sometimes be slightly translucent.
Discovered as recently as the 1950's, Ocean Jasper made its debut in the year 2000 at the Tucson Mineral Fair in the USA but sadly just six years later the mine in Madagascar was already exhausted of all gem grade material. Although small finds have been discovered elsewhere in Madagascar, they too have now dried up so finding any nice quality Ocean Jasper is now extremely challenging.
This free-standing ornamental piece of Ocean Jasper exhibits great colour and markings which is why it immediately caught our attention.
Weight (grams): 440
Size (cms): 9.8 x 10.9 x 4