History of Kambaba Jasper

The name “Jasper” is a generic name given to any spotted stone as well as most semi-transparent or opaque Chalcedony.  Despite its name, Kambaba Jasper is not a true Jasper, but rather a Rhyolite.  Rhyolite is a type of extrusive igneous rock, formed on the surface of the earth by molten magma due to a volcanic eruption.  The name “Kambaba” is actually a popular misspelling of the original name, Kambamba Jasper.  Kambamba was based on the word “mamba”, the malagasy word for crocodile.  This stone is also commonly sold as “Crocodile Jasper.”

For many years, many mineral and healing crystal resources stated that Kambaba Jasper was a Stromatolite – a sedimentary rock with cyanobacteria fossils.  However, that has been proven false by EPI, a German geoscience consulting group, who were able to determine the exact mineral composition of the rock.  Kambaba Jasper has a similar mineral composition as Nebula Stone, a green and black Rhyolite found in Mexico.  A simple way to tell the difference is that  Kambaba Jasper is mostly green with black spots, while Nebula Stone is mostly black with green spots.

Crocodile Eye