6.9" Colorful Jasper Flame - Madagascar

This is a beautiful, polished stone "flame" made of jasper from Madagascar. These flames have a very unique character, as the patterns and colors are so different between them. A mixture of red, blue, orange and purple colors can all be found throughout this specimen. The base has been cut flat to display on any flat surface without the use of a stand.

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.

Chalcedony var. Jasper
6.9 x 5.5"