Extra Large Stunning and Completely Unique Showpiece Sphere. Very Scarce this Size and is a Monster. Jupiter Jasper is a Hard Banded Ironstone with Maroon Jasper, Silver Hematite and Yellow Ring Patterns and Swirls. A One Off Piece. 154mm dia. 7.54kg. A Grade. Northern Cape, South Africa.
This rare, unique and extra large, tiger iron sphere features deep red jasper stripes running across a shining, metallic matrix of hematite with a brown-yellow jasper 'eye' on one face. It is a colossal sphere measuring over 154mm in diameter and weighing in at a mammoth 7.54kgs, making this an impressive display specimen and ideal for use as a collection centrepiece. A one-of-a-kind treasure crafted by expert South African lapidary artists from a large, high-grade rough stone, this is a truly exceptional piece that will probably not be matched in size or quality again.
Tiger iron, also known as 'Jupiter jasper', is a rare and incredibly unique mineral composed of yellow tiger's eye, red jasper and metallic, silver hematite. It forms in bands, the finest specimens showing perfect neat stripes, and has an incredibly attractive appearance that has resulted in it's popularity as a gemstone in jewellery and ornaments. This mineral is found only in Western Australia and South Africa, many sources will wrongly state the former as its exclusive locality. A unique variety of South African tiger iron is known as 'Mugglestone' as it is found on ‘Muggle farm’ owned by a Mr and Mrs Muggle. Some have speculated that this stone is a type of stromatolite; a layered formation of fossilised algae and sediments.