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A Kaleidescopic Look Inside a Wildly Colorful Gemstone Through Macro- and Micro-Photography

Have you ever heard of or seen the gorgeous gemstone known as Ocean Jasper? This rock, which is only found on the shores of northeast Madagascar, contains a variety of beautifully colored orbs as well as spherical shapes and areas. Scientist and photographer Bernardo Cesare captured absolutely stunning macro- and micro-photography of Ocean Japser, showing off its orb-riddled exteriors, which look like living cells, and its kaleidoscope insides. You won’t believe you’re actually gazing at a gemstone!

On his website, Cesare writes:

This variety of jasper, found only in Madagascar, is characterized by the presence of small spherical aggregates (spherulites or “orbs”), just a few mm in diameter, that derive from a process of alteration and silicification of former tuffs or rhyolites. Spherulites are among the most interesting subjects I have worked with: they can be single or in clusters, made of fibrous or crystalline silica, with or without opaque-rich cores.

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Polarized light photomicrograph of a thin section of Ocean Jasper, Madagascar

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