Jasper, King Cobra Tumbled Stones

Jasper, King Cobra Tumbled Stones

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King Cobra Jasper easily lives up to its name by closely resembling its venomous namesake.

The visible orbs that give this stone a reptile look are created by spherical inclusions of needle-like crystals within the stone. It's closely related to another orbicular Jasper from Madagascar — Ocean Jasper.

The name Jasper means "Spotted or speckled stone" and is derived from the Old French term jaspre. Jasper is known to have been a favorite gem in the ancient world; its name can be traced back in Arabic, Persian, Hebrew, Assyrian, Greek and Latin.[10] On Minoan Crete, jasper was carved to produce seals circa 1800 BC, as evidenced by archaeological recoveries at the palace of Knossos.