Ocean Jasper in Jewelry: Ocean jasper is also known as sea jasper or orbicular jasper and is a beautiful gem that looks stunning when designed into jewelry pieces. This type of jasper is known for its green and blue orbicular particles in the mineral. This gem’s color is a dark to light green and compliments gold or a smoky stone. Touchstone Gallery has beautiful jewelry pieces of ocean jasper that are a lovely addition to your jewelry box!
Legend and Lore: Ocean jasper also known as orbicular jasper has unique characteristics that set this gem apart from other varieties of jasper. Ocean jasper closely resembles the characteristics of the sea which is why it is the stone that represents Electra. Electra is the Greek goddess of the sea and of the storm clouds. The natives of Asia believed this gem was a magical rain stone and would bring
rain to their land.
Formation of Gem: Scientists believe that this gem forms as a rhyolitic igneous rock with a large concentrate in silica. As the mineral was cooling, the silica precipitated out of the igneous rock forming orbicular shapes in the mineral. The origin of the orbs in this unique mineral is unknown and research is being conducted at the University of California at Berkley to try to reveal the mystery.
Revealed by Man: This mysterious gem is rare and is found only along the Northwest coast of Madagascar at the edge of the ocean. The deposits can only be mined at low tide and then are taken back to shore by boat.
Touchstone Gallery Offers a Wide Variety of Nature’s Art Etched in Stone
We invite you to view our current offerings of Ocean Jasper and many other fascinating natural art pieces in our Touchstone Galleries in Santa Fe (127 W. San Francisco St.), Scottsdale (4168 N. Marshall Way), Sedona (320 N. State Route 89A) and Taos (110 S. Plaza), or online at www.touchstonegalleries.com.