Ocean Jasper, history and lore

The early history of the ocean jasper is a little bit mysterious. The first publication (Alfred Lacroix's Minéralogie de Madagascar) was already in 1922, but nothing was mentioned about the exact location of the deposit of ocean jasper, besides Madagaskar. And the ocean jasper was not even seen by a lot of people.

More than 75 years passed by and in the year 2000 ocean jasper finally made it's big entrance in the Tucson Show in Arizona. The new kid on the block was the talk of the town.

The story goes that a group of people searched for ocean jasper. And after 45 days, luck was finally on their side (including low tide), a deposit of ocean jasper was found. And became available for buyers.

Still ocean jasper is only mined in two deposits in Madagascar. On the North West side of Madagaskar in the Analalava district in the villages Marovato at the shoreline and one and half mile inland by Kabamby. The oribicular patterns are the main characteristics of ocean jasper. This gemstone is also known as orbicular jasper.

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