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Orbicular jasper

Orbicular jasper is a variety of jasper which contains variably-colored orbicules or spherical inclusions or zones. In highly silicified rhyolite or tuff, quartz and feldspar crystallize in radial aggregates of needle-like crystals which provide the basis or seed for the orbicular structure seen in this kind of jasper[1]. The material is quite attractive when polished and is used as an ornamental stone or gemstone.

Various local or commercial names have been used for the material, such as kinradite, oregonite, owyhee jasper, ocean jasper and poppy-patterned jasper, depending on the source. Poppy-patterned jasper or Poppy jasper is the varietal name for material from Morgan Hill, Santa Clara County, California. The trade name ocean jasper is used for a variety found along the intertidal shores of northeast Madagascar. In Nebraska orbicular jasper is found in altered rhyolite beds noted for a variety of jaspers and related agates.


  • R. V. Dietrich - Gemrocks
  • Mindat with location data
  • Agate variety names - University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • USGS - jasper and other volcanic materials from Nebraska
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