Kambaba Jasper Pendant
Marquise Shaped Kambaba Jasper Pendant
Kambaba Jasper is possibly one of the most confusing gemstones that we have ever researched. This intriguing material comes from Madagascar the fourth largest island in the world and one which possesses a huge number of plant and animal species many of which cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Also known as Crocodile Jasper, it comes from a small area called Kabamba in the Bongolava region of the country. For this reason it's also known as Kabamba Jasper but to make things more confusing, Kabamba is sometimes written as Kambaba. Furthermore it has been reported that Kambaba or Kabamba Jasper is not actually a true jasper and a more accurate description would be Kambaba (or Kabamba) Stone.
Whilst researching this stone we also discovered that it's sometimes mixed up with another stone that not only comes from Madagascar but which also has a very similar name. The problem is that "Kambaby Jasper" and Kambaba Jasper are geologically two different stones hence if the geological details of one are confused with the other, any articles that are subsequently written about them will not be accurate. It has taken us several years to finally unravel the mystery of this curious rock and now we understand why we were reading so many different and confusing accounts about its geological make-up.
Kambaby Jasper which is also known as Kambaby Ocean Jasper is a type of Orbicular Jasper whilst Kabamba or Kambaba Jasper is a stromatolite which is a rock-like structure formed in shallow seas through the build up of a certain type of bacteria.
This stylish Kambaba Jasper pendant is crafted in fine sterling silver and it's worth mentioning that in Jaipur in India where a large percentage of the world's gemstones are cut and polished, it's also known as Star Galaxy Jasper but that's a trade name that's only used in that part of the world.
Weight (grams) : 23.5
Size (cms) : 5.8 x 2.8 x 0.8