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Kambaba Jasper, South Africa

Kambaba Jasper, South Africa

Mineralogy of Kambaba Jasper

Rock Type: Sedimentary Rock (Sandstone) created by cyanobacteria
Major Minerals: Feldspar, Quartz

Color: Green with black markings
Gravity: Unknown
Hardness: 4-7
Luminescence: Unknown
Texture: Laminated layers
Transparency: Opaque

Location: Kambaba Jasper is found only in Madagascar and South Africa.kambaba jasper mine locations

Rock Type: True Jasper is a Silicate mineral, but “Jasper” is a term that is often used to describe any spotted stone.  Kambaba Jasper is actually a Stromatolite, a very unique kind of sedimentary rock. Most Stromatolites form as Limestone, so their main mineral ingredient is usually Calcite. These Stromatolites are typically brown or grey, with black markings.  Occasionally Stromatolites form as Sandstone, with the main mineral ingredients being Quartz or Feldspar. Feldspar-Sandstone Stromatilites appear vivid green with black markings, and have been given the commercial name of Kambaba Jasper. 

Formation: Kambaba Jaspers, like other Stromatolites are formed in shallow, salty water teeming with microorganisms, particularly cyanobacteria (blue-green algae). These tiny living creatures form massive colonies and sediments, such as sand and mud, get stuck to the sticky surface of this living mass of cyanobacteria. The sediments are gradually set down in layers and react to the trace minerals in the water. Over time, they form Limestone or Sandstone rocks, often shaped like a mushroom or a loaf. While underwater, the Stromatolite is “alive” – part cyanobacteria colony, part sedimentary material. If the water evaporates, or other conditions change, the cyanobacteria dies and the structure hardens further. At this point, it becomes a more typical sedimentary rock – but one containing microscopic fossils of the cyanobacteria. Stromatolites are some of the oldest rocks on the planet, with some examples dating back over 3.5 billion years! Stromatolites are still being formed today in a few rare locations. As a result, Stromatolite is often called a “living fossil.” (For more information, see the History Tab).

Mining: Mined at is primary deposit.

Enhancements: All Kambaba Jasper is completely natural, enhanced only by tumbling, cutting and polishing.

Synonyms: Green Stromatlolite, Kambamba Jasper, Crocodile Jasper, Nebula Stone

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Photos: Kambaba Jasper, Mine

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 type of sedimentary rock covered in ancient fossils, properly known as a Stromatolite.  Stromatolites have been “discovered” relatively recently by the metaphysical community and so are not included in virtually any ancient and relatively few modern lapidaries, texts that describe gemstones and their powers. Its name comes from the Greek words stroma (layers)and lithos (rock). While there are no known myths about this stone, it has a fascinating geological history!

Live Cynobacteria

Live Cynobacteria

Stromatolites are created by single-celled microorganisms called cyanobacteria, more commonly known as blue-green algae. Cyanobacteria are arguably the most successful living entities on the planet! They are the most genetically diverse, and occupy the broadest range of habitats, across all latitudes, including land, fresh and salt water, and extreme niches such as hot springs and hypersaline bays. The reason for this incredible diversity is that cyanobacteria has had the most time to evolve of any living creature. In fact, cyanobacteria are the oldest known example of life on earth – dating back at least 3.5 billion years (a billion years after the Earth first formed). They formed first and are still alive today, having survived all five of the Earth’s Mass Extinctions! From an evolutionary perspective, cyanobacteria are our oldest ancestor – the very original Adam and Eve. The reason we know all about cyanobacteria’s incredible history is because the oldest traces of cyanobacteria have been preserved in the fossil record – in Stromatolites.

While some Stromatolites are very old and have become simple fossil-bearing sedimentary rocks, other Stromatolites are still alive with active colonies of cyanobacteria. Modern Stromatolites have been found in hypersaline lakes and marine lagoons with an exceptionally high saline level, extreme environments that few other living creatures can stand. These modern Stromatolites are located in Australia, Bahamas, Belize,  Brazil, Canada, Mexico, and Turkey. The most well known are those in Shark Bay, in Western Australia and Exumas Bay in the Bahamas.

Living Stromatolites, Shark Bay, Australia

Living Stromatolites, Shark Bay, Australia

While Stromatolites have been found in several locations around the world, the green variety, known as Kambaba Jasper s found only in Madagascar and South Africa. 

Photos: Cynobacteria, Stromatolites of Shark Bay

Healing Properties of Kambaba Jasper

Spiritual: Kambaba Jasper has a beautiful nurturing energy that gently dissolves negative energy and cleanses the aura.  It is a stone for spiritual confidence and helps us be in alignment with our own ancestral wisdom and deep earth wisdom.  It helps us stay grounded and serene, even during challenge times. Kambaba Jasper is attuned to the Root and Heart Chakra and linked to the astrological signs of Leo and Virgo. It is connected to the element of Earth and vibrates to the number 6 and 8.

Emotional: Kambaba Jasper is a soothing crystal which activates the heart chakra and helps us to find emotional balance. It is particularly useful for helping us to find a new sense of balance during and directly after intense situations.  It can also help us to let go of any emotional/mental obsession or trauma.   This makes it a particularly good stone to have after breakups or during times of grieving as it can help us to make peace with what is and to move forward in our life. It is a stone that reminds us that we are meant to be happy, that life goes on, and that we need to go on too.

Mental: Kambaba Jasper helps us stay calm and to focus on what is important. It is especially good at helping re-direct thoughts away from the negative and towards the positive. As a result, it can also help reduce nightmares. Kambaba Jasper also works to increase prosperity and money flow, especially in the context of careers or already-established business ventures. It helps us to avoid unnecessary changes and remain stable and on course.

Physical: Kambaba Jasper is said to be a powerful stone for treating conditions at a cellular level and has been used to treat cancer, HIV, and other diseases. It is also commonly used to treat skin disorders and reduce inflammation and bloating.  Kambaba Jasper is additionally used for fertility and to help ensure a healthy pregnancy, especially during the critical first trimester.

Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.

Ethically Sourced Kambaba Jasper

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Sourcing Relationship

I first met the owner of the lapidary at the 2006 Gem and Mineral show in Tucson, Arizona. At that time I was working for a crystal shop in Utah and was at Tucson primarily as a “pack mule” to help carry all the stones. It was generally agreed by our crew that the “Madagascar” tent contained the most beautiful stones in the entire show.

In 2014, I embarked on my first buying trip for Moonrise Crystals.  The company I knew of only as “Madagascar” was the one company I was most determined to find and buy from. This lapidary company only sells at a handful of major gem shows.  The only time they are in the USA is for the Tucson Gem Show. During the rest of the year, the lapidary hand polishes their stock and also does charity work in their local community.  They continue to offer some of the most beautiful tumbled stones in the industry and are among my favorite suppliers.

In 2019, Moonrise Crystals and the Madagascar lapidary company joined together to financially support a rural school in Madagascar.

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Kambaba Jasper Tumbled Stone

Color: Green and black .  This is a 100 % natural stone, so minor variations are part of their unique beauty

Size: 1 inch, or a little bit bigger

Weight: 1 oz

Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days, while International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.

Supply Chain: Traveling Earth to Pocket, this stone would have traded hands only four times.

The miners sells directly to the tumbler.  The tumbler sells directly to Moonrise Crystals.  Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.

 

Safe Handling of Kambaba Jasper

Cleaning Healing Crystals

There are many ways to cleanse, charge, and set intentions with crystals.

Before cleaning your healing crystals, always consider the geology of each stone.  Some stones are sensitive to water and/or sunlight.  Best Practice is to keep your stones out of direct sunlight when you’re not working with them, simply because the sunlight will fade the crystal’s color over time.  This is especially true for transparent and translucent gems.  Remember crystals grow underground where it’s nice and dark!  Stones that are formed in dry desert conditions may be harmed by immersion in water.  This is especially true for fragile and porous stones.

One of the easiest and most effective way to energetically clean crystals is to smudge them with smoke from plants like sage, juniper, cedar, lavender, tobacco, etc.  Each plant has its own unique smell and spiritual property.  Moonrise Crystals smudges with white mountain sage (for cleansing) and sweet grass (for kindness) before the crystals are sent to their forever home with you.

Other common ways to energetically clean healing crystals are to set stones near a piece of Carnelian, Citrine, Kyanite, Selenite or other stones that are energy purifiers.  Be sure to pamper the purifying stones regularly so that they can continue to do their job properly.  Citrine and Kyanite are self-cleansers that don’t “need” extra care.  But they will love getting extra attention from you!

If a stone is doing a lot of heavy energetic work, one of the best ways to restore its energy reserves is to allow it to rest on the earth, next to a plant.  A potted plant inside the house works just fine.  Let the crystal rest overnight or longer, until its energy feels bright and sparkly again.

Charging and Setting Intentions with Healing Crystals

There is no right/wrong way to charge and set intentions.  But here’s a few ways that it’s done at Moonrise Crystals.

Cleanse the crystals and yourself.  It is good to take the time to physically clean stones before doing spiritual work.  It sets a tone of purity, respect, and reverence.  Hold the crystals or be near them.  Sing or talk to the stones.  Tell them about yourself and what you are working on.  Ask them for their help.  You don’t need to use any special words, simply speak from the heart.  Treat the crystals like your best friends and closest allies.    They want to help you.

If you feel shy or awkward, you can also write your message on a piece of paper and set the stones on top of it.  Music, including singing bowls, can also be used.  The most important thing is simply to be present with the stones and focused on setting the intention.

This can be done at any time, day or night.  However, nighttime is often a particularly good time for setting intentions.  Take the crystals outside, if possible.  You can talk to your crystals outside, or you may just want to sit near them and meditate or pray.

  • During the Full Moon, energy is amplified.  It is also a wonderful time to celebrate in the bright light when your intentions are already going well and you want to keep the trend going.
  • The New Moon is a time for new beginnings. The darkness is like planting a seed underground.  It will grow up into the Light.
  • Eclipses, meteorite showers, and other astronomical events will add their own unique energy.
  • Knowing where the moon is astrologically, can also add a fun element to intention setting.  The moon changes signs every 2-3 days.

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