Mineral Class: Quartz
Crystal System: Trigonal
Colors: Red, Yellow, White, Tan, Brown, Mauve, Purple
Mookaite, a stunning multicolor stone, is a variety of Chalcedony, which is a microcrystalline variety of Quartz. This Australian Jasper comes from the Kennedy Ranges of Western Australia, known as Mooka Creek where this stone gets its name from. "Mooka" means "running waters" or "whitewaters" from the Aborigine language as there are many fresh water springs that flow into Mooka Creek. Mookaite Jasper is also known by a few other names, including Australian Jasper and Mook Jasper. It is formed as a sedimentary stone in erosion zones and as a filler in cracks.
Jasper is an aggregate of microgranular quartz and chalcedony as well as other mineral phases. It is an opaque variety of silica, occurring as red, yellow, or brown, in color. It’s most common form occurs as red, due to the iron inclusion oxidizing as it reacts with oxygen. It is used for a variety of purposes including vases, snuff boxes and seals. Jasper’s name means spotted rock or speckled stone depending on which language you are using to trace its origins. We know from archaeological records from throughout the ancient world, from the Israelites to the Minoans in Crete of how the stone was used which was mostly ornamentation as well as carving and setting it in signet rings for sealing contracts and matters of the state.