Orbicular Ocean Jasper
Ocean Jasper is a rare mineral, mined in only one place in the world...
The Mine of Marovato, on the Ambolobozo Peninsula in the north west corner of Madagascar. It is called Ocean Jasper because the deposits are part of the coastline, and can only be reached by boat, and removed only during low tide.
The Lapidary Journal reported this description:
“This new rock has been found along the northwest coast of Madagascar after years of unsuccessful searching. The deposit formed as a rhyolite flow but has been completely silicified. The rhyolitic eyes or orbs come in an astonishing array of colors and color combinations. The background can be white, pink, green, red, or yellow. Botryoidal formations as well as white and deep green druzy are also common. The deposit has been discovered at the edge of the ocean. It can only be seen and collected at low tide. The area has no road so the material must be transported to civilization by boat.”
This stone is immediately recognizable by its concentric rings of color, earning at the name "Orbicular Ocean Jasper." The most common colors are greens and whites, with the less common colors of pinks and yellows also appearing in some specimens.
Ocean jasper is one of the most collectible stones in recent times. Word that the mine is running out or empty seems to be true, as quality specimens are becoming harder to find with each passing day. This stones colors, patterns and shapes amaze and delight! It is another of nature’s wonderful masterpieces. This stone is also known as the “Atlantis Stone” because it was found in the turn of the New Millennium under the ocean.
In 2006 the last specimen from the deposit was mined. The Jasper vein was followed from the waters edge into the side of the hill for about 45 yards. As the Ocean Jasper vein was followed it became thinner and thinner. The mine is now depleted. The life span of this find was from about 2000 through 2006...This super find had about a 6 year life span...Another vein was found but it is poor grade, nothing like the original. You will find the available specimens becoming less and less attractive.
Item # 1OJ2SPS10199993
Polished on Both Sides "AA" Grade Ocean Jasper Large Cabinet Display Slab from Madagascar
This is a rare and excellent "AA" Grade old stock thick display slab of Ocean Jasper that we purchased years ago when this material was first being introduced in the United States. It has light green, dark green, white, salmon, pink, orange, tan, clear and milky coloration. It has beautiful orbicular patterns including orbs with up to 5 colored rings around them, as well as the highly desirable acicular green crystalline fireworks or flower like formations. It also has several crystalline and chalcedony lined vugs. This specimen is polished front and back and comes with an adjustable 2 piece clear acrylic stand.
Photos have not been enhanced, they were taken outdoors in natural light on an overcast day with a Nikon CoolPix L1 digital camera
This exquisite specimen display slab weighs 17.1 ounces or 1.07 pounds (487 grams) it measures 8 x 5 x 0.43 inches ( 20.5 x 12.9 x 1.09 cm)
Polished "AA" Grade Ocean Jasper 2.7 lb Conchoidal Freeform from Madagascar
Polished Ocean Jasper Conchoidal Freeform (AA Grade)
This is a stunning specimen of a polished Ocean Jasper Freeform. it has been cut at the base to stand nicely as a Display Specimen. Beautiful colors of light green, dark green, tangerine, tan, white, white with a slight tint of pink and cream with stunning Orbicular patterns with vugs that have botryoidal and crystal inclusions make this piece a real attention getter. This piece has a different look from every different angle or viewpoint. This has been one of our most looked at and admired specimens of Ocean Jasper in our personal display cabinets. We purchased this piece in South Africa many years ago...It is from our personal collection.
This specimen weighs 2.72 lbs and measures 5.9 x 3.6 x 3.5 inches (14.9 x 9.3 x 8.9 cm)
Extremely Rare "AAA" Grade Ocean Jasper Freeform from Madagascar
Polished Ocean Jasper Freeform (AAA Grade)
This is a stunning and extremely rare specimen of an old stock ocean jasper free form specimen with red orbs and blue crystal flowers. It is well polished. Beautiful colors with stunning Orbicular patterns with vugs that have crystal inclusions make this piece a real attention getter. This piece has a different look from every different angle or viewpoint. This has been one of our most looked at and admired specimens of Ocean Jasper in our personal display cabinets. We procured this extremely rare piece in Antwerp Belgium...It is from our personal collection.
This specimen weighs 2.7 oz (77g) and measures 1.6 x 1.5 x 1.3 inches (42 x 37.5 x 33mm)