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Ocean Jasper from Madagascar
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Ode to Ocean Jasper!

This exciting new material is imported from Madagascar, and formed on a small island off the coast. Apparently it can only be mined at low tide, otherwise the deposit is submerged. The calling card for this material is all the "eyes", or "orbs", as they are usually called. The other important characteristic is the huge array of colors it comes in. Some of the material is also translucent, so should have properly been called ocean jasp-agate, but the name ocean jasper seems to have stuck at this point. Regardless of what you call it, the best of it is gorgeous material. It comes in sizes large enough to do spheres up to 6" or more.

Some of the specimens pictured here are my own, most of them are taken from eBay auctions and other sites. Many are shown with the blessing of Vaughn Nagel of Serendipity Artistry in NY state.

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A nice gem multi-colored ocean jasper sphere. 
Stuffed olives, anyone?
One gorgeous piece!
Great variety of colors here.
Turquoise is a very rare color in ocean jasper. Photo courtesy of Vaughn Nagel. Vaughn consistently sells some of the best ocean jasper slabs and material on his eBay auctions.
Great color contrast. Vaughn Nagel photo. 
Some very large orbs. This piece also has fortifications. Vaughn Nagel photo.
More rare colors. Vaughn Nagel photo.
Huge orbs in this slice!
A mostly white piece.
Fantastic color combinations and contrast here. Explosions in a night sky. Vaughn Nagel photo.
Another truly gorgeous slice. Vaughn Nagel photo.
Not all pieces are brightly colored, but this one has nice pattern.
A matched pair of rare color. More great slices from Vaughn.
Delicate pattern and beautiful colors.
Here's one with a translucent background. This one should really be called "ocean agate".
Bright red and yellow.
Fantastic color combos.
Just when you think you've seen it all!
Very colorful and unusual!
Very large sphere presented on eBay auction.
What more can you say than "wow!"
Another large translucent one. Spomer collection.
Green and pink with white fortifications. Spomer collection.
A lot going on here...lots of good "eyes".  Spomer collection.
Same here!
This one almost looks like a map.
Leopard style. Vaughn Nagel photo.
Vaughn Nagel photo.
More nice slices from Vaughn Nagel.
Gears! Spomer collection.
A modern art classic. Vaughn Nagel photo.
More stuffed olives, but with fortifications.
Unusual rose pink background.
Not alot of color, but incredible pattern in this one! Shows both tremendous orbs and fortifications as well. One of the best for fortifications I've seen. Here is the other side, and two more closeup views: 3, 4
Pictures courtesy of Thomas Clark from Julie-Tom, selling on eBay and Dragonsaye Auctions.
Good contrast, good orbs. Sphere with a crystal vug. Sphere about 2.5". Spomer collection.
Pretty colors in this one and nice "eyes"! Sphere is about 2.5". Spomer collection.
  Want to see more? Here's a link to Roger Weller's website showing even more photos of great ocean jaspers. Click here.

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