Ocean Jasper, Brown, Natural, Smooth Round in sizes 6mm, 8mm & 10mm. Priced Per Strand
Brown Ocean Jasper, Natural, Smooth Round.
This price is for one strand 15 to 16 inches long.
6mm strands have 60 to 65 pieces.
8mm strands have 43 to 48 pieces.
10mm strands have 33 to 38 pieces.
Ocean Jasper is a trade name for a multicolored stone from Madagascar, typically with spherical patterning. Although commonly described as an orbicular jasper, the most recent research suggests it is a silicon dioxide mineral, and a member of the Quartz family. Some pieces have agate banding or druzy, which are tiny crystals.
They called it Ocean Jasper when it has orb like patterns it resembles the waves and ripples of water and the mine was first discovered along the ocean shoreline. There is a multitude of colors in Ocean Jasper, like green, brown, blue, yellow, grey, white, pink or red.
It was first discussed and written up in 1922, although the location was sadly soon lost for over 75 years. That is until Paul Obenich of Madagascar Minerals spent 45 days searching the coast of Madagascar for any clues of this Jasper’s location. He discovered Ocean Jasper after he realized that one of the most important elements to consider was the tides. It was only able to be seen at low tide and only accessible by boat. Ocean Jasper was debuted at the 2000 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show. Mining operations of Ocean Jasper was stopped in 2006 when the locality was deemed depleted.
This is a natural stone that has had no treatment other than cutting, drilling, and polishing.
The source of these beads is Brazil and they are cut, drilled and polished in China.