4" Polished Red and Yellow Jasper "Flame" - Madagascar

This is a 4" tall polished "flame" sculpture that's made of red and yellow jasper from Madagascar. The entire specimen has been polished to a glossy finish and the base has been cut flat to allow for aesthetic display on any flat surface.

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 much larger amount of impurities mixed with silica/quartz. Like agate it may form in a huge 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.
Chalcedony var. Jasper
4" tall, 2.5" wide