3.6" Wide, Free-Standing Flower Jasper - Namibia

This is a unique, hand polished piece of Flower Jasper that was collected, shaped and polished in Namibia, Africa. This specimen features spots of white and red jasper that are interrupted by pockets of white-blue agate. The entire specimen is polished and the base has been cut flat.

Jasper is a term that can be applied to an opaque variety of chalcedony (light does not pass through it). The opaqueness is due to a higher concentration of impurities mixed with silica/quartz. Like agate it may form in a wide variety of colors, and is often multi-colored. In most cases, jasper will occur when silica-rich fluids permeate throughout a soft sediment or volcanic debris deposit. The fluids then crystallize around the particles/impurities, resulting in a cementation process. Most often, the impurities present determine the coloration of the deposit following solidification, however other factors can play a role in the color of what is now considered a jasper.

Quartz var. Jasper
Skeleton Coast, Namibia, Africa
3.6 x 3.6"