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.
It seems to have mystic knowledge locked inside. When held, the stone brings out deeply hidden un-resolved emotional issues, and has a soothing and nurturing effect about those issues.