Mineral Class: Chalcedony
Crystal System: Trigonal
Colors: Cream, Brown, Red, Orange, Pink, Purple, Blue
Polychrome Jasper is a sub-variety found in Madagascar usually occurring with figurative eye patterns within it. Polychrome Jasper was actually found upon looking for Ocean Jasper in 2008. Madagascar is the only place Polychrome Jasper is found and there are only a few deposits located within the island. Polychrome Jasper is also known as Desert Jasper in part due to its distinct color variations. The desert is a symbol of journeys and adventure.
Jasper is an aggregate of micro granular 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.