Mineral Class: Quartz
Crystal System: Hexagonal
Hardness: 6.5 - 7
Diaphaneity: Translucent to Opaque
Colors: Wide Variety of Colors (including Yellow, Green, Blue, Grey, White, Pink, Red)
Ocean Jasper, also known as Orbicular Jasper, is a variety of Jasper containing different colored and sized orbs or spherical inclusions. The stones are very popular after polishing and are often used as an ornamental stone or gemstone. This particular stone has many nicknames including kinradite, oregonite, ocean and poppy patterned depending on the stone’s source. Ocean Jasper is a specific variety found in Madagascar. Ocean Jasper is thought to be connected to the Lost City, Atlantis and is also called the Atlantis Stone. The pattern symbolizes the interconnectedness of all things and encourages the journeys of humankind. The ocean is a symbol of power, strength, life, mystery, hope, and truth.
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. 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 jasper and setting it in signet rings for sealing contracts and matters of the state.