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What on Earth Is Kambaba Jasper?

What on Earth Is Kambaba Jasper?

Originally Published: Dominic Yasay. August 20, 2021

Updated: Ashley DeCator. June 23, 2023

 

Have you ever heard of Kambaba Jasper? Also known as Alligator Jasper or Crocodile Jasper, it's an exotic stone that's been around for billions of years! It has amazing marbling of black and green, and it can really catch your eye.

Kambaba Jasper is said to help you let go of the emotional baggage you might be carrying around, including all those heavy feelings and negative vibes that we all experience from time to time. It's like a little spiritual reset button!


The Physical Properties of Kambaba Jasper

Kambaba Jasper has intricate black and dark green spots all mixed with a moss green base. This makes it really stand out from all the other natural stones.

This stone is volcanic, made mostly of microcrystalline Quartz. But here's the crazy part: it's believed to be a Stromatolite, which is basically a reef formed by these photosynthetic Cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae. Something I recently learned is just how long ago this stone started developing. Would you believe it formed a mind-blowing 3 billion years ago?

The pattern on this stone looks like an alligator's skin, earning it the name of Alligator Jasper. When you see it, you can really see the resemblance. And when it breaks, it has a really interesting pattern, called a conchoidal fracture.

Kambaba Jasper has a vitreous lustre when it's opaque. It's got a hardness rating of 6.5 to 7 on the Mohs scale, so it's rock solid.

Kambaba Jasper is mostly found in the west central part of the Bongolava region in Madagascar, and can also be found in India, Brazil, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, and parts of the USA.


Three different patterns of Kambaba Jasper

The Metaphysical Properties of Kambaba Jasper

Are you struggling with unpleasant emotions from past experiences? Like fear, anger, sadness, grief, and guilt? Kambaba Jasper can help you soothe all that, freeing you from the heaviness of traumatic events and happenings. It's all about achieving emotional balance and living a stress-proof life. Kambaba Jasper is also able to help you improve your heart and root chakra.

This stone is all about getting you in tune with nature's frequency. Crystal healers say you should meditate with Kambaba Jasper outdoors, especially during dusk and dawn when the Earth's energy is at its peak. Meditating and/or being outside with Kambaba Jasper is a great way to utilise this stone’s attraction of prosperity and abundance, making it work for you.

When meditating with this stone in a natural environment, it's a game-changer. You become hyper-aware of your surroundings and the people around you. It's like you're taking a break from the crazy distractions of technology and the chaotic world, and you're reconnecting with your soul and the world around you. In fact, Kambaba Jasper's green hue is key to restoring and strengthening that connection.


The Lore of Kambaba Jasper

Kambaba Jasper has some gorgeous black and dark green spots or swirls, and they're not just for show. They're believed to carry energies like protection, restoration, comfort, calm, and balance. If you're looking to sharpen your focus, a polished Kambaba Jasper is your go-to. It has slow yet stable frequencies that help you dial in your concentration. Plus, it's all about cleansing auras and giving your energies a refresh.

This stone is fantastic for your gardens and houseplants too! It's said to be super beneficial for plant growth and health. Especially in hot and dry climates with poor soil.

Kambaba Jasper is believed to help with stabilising our diet, cleansing toxins, and helping us absorb those essential vitamins and minerals.

With such an ancient history to it, this stone is an energy fountain of wisdom. People use it to tap into that ancient knowledge and gain insight. It's like a direct line to the wisdom of our ancestors, keeping us protected from negative entities and psychic attacks.


The History of Kambaba Jasper

The name Jasper came from the Latin word iaspis which means ˜spotted stone.” Classified as a Chalcedony in the Quartz family, Jasper comes in various colours and ancient ties. With a rich history spanning over 10,000 years, it is often used in crafting jewellery pieces, weapons, rituals, and ceremonies.

For the longest time people have been talking about Kambaba Jasper and how it's supposedly made up of fossilised Stromatolite, with its colour coming from blue-green algae fossils. However, some new studies are disputing that claim, including one by EPI, Germany's gemstone testing institute.

EPI did some serious thin-film and X-ray analysis, and guess what they found? Kambaba Jasper is actually a rhyolite, which is a fine-grained volcanic rock. So, as it turns out, Kambaba Jasper is not really a Stromatolite after all.

The analysis showed that it's made up of a green ground mass of Quartz, pyroxene (specifically Aegirine), and soda and potash spats. As for those circular clusters you see in the stone? They're actually formed by small amphibole minerals. These minerals typically form in volcanic rocks, not in sedimentary rocks where fossils come from.


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