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9.6" Blue 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 blue and orange 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.