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Earth Treasures: Mookaite Jasper

By Chisom Ibemere

Mookaite Jasper is also referred to as Mookaite and it is a type of jasper and a variety of chalcedony, known for its striking colors and unique patterns.

It is highly valued in the world of semi-precious stones and appreciated for its aesthetic appeal as well as its perceived metaphysical properties.

Mookaite Jasper, is also known as Australian jasper and can be found in Western Australia.

It derives its name from the Mooka Creek, where it was originally discovered. Mookaite jasper is believed to be around 65-80 million years old and has roots in the ancient lands of Gondwana.

Mookaite jasper is highly regarded as a gemstone and is widely used in the production of jewelry. It has a vibrant and varied colors, including shades of red, yellow, brown, and creamy white, which makes it favorite among designers and artists.

Mookaite can be cut and polished into various shapes and sizes to be used in pendants, earrings, bracelets, and other forms of jewelry. It is also used for decorative purposes, such as in carvings, beads, and cabochons.

Mookaite jasper is known for its unique and captivating patterns, which are due to the presence of iron oxide and other mineral impurities. It has a hardness of 6.5-7 on the Mohs scale, making it relatively durable for use in jewelry.

Mookaite is often opaque or translucent and may display a mix of banding, streaking, and swirling patterns. It is valued for its earthy, warm tones and its ability to evoke a sense of grounding and stability.

The value of Mookaite jasper varies depending on factors such as color, clarity, pattern, size, and overall quality.

The intensity and range of colors, as well as the uniqueness of its patterns, contribute to its market value. Larger and more exceptional specimens may command higher prices.

The global value of Mookaite jasper is influenced by market demand, supply, and appreciation for its beauty, which can fluctuate over time.

 

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