8.9" Free-Standing, Polished Polychrome Jasper - Madagascar
This is an absolutely giant, hand polished piece of Polychrome (Picture) Jasper found in the deserts of Madagascar. The entire specimen is polished to a glossy finish and the base has been cut flat to allow it to stand up nicely on a flat surface. There is a large, caramel-colored splotch on the side of this specimen that looks like the island of Madagascar when held upside down. This is a cool inclusion considering the piece is from Madagascar.
Polychrome jasper (also known as desert jasper) is known as one of the rarest forms of jasper and is only mined from a single location in Madagascar. The jasper deposits are typically in ribbon like formations, and are almost always multicolored. The color presented by this mineral is commonly an earthy purple, tan and pink, however teal polychrome jasper is one of the more sought after and desired colors. Some people consider it a form of picture jasper.