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Coquina Jasper Cabochons

This intriguing semi precious gemstone cabochon material from India, is also known as Elephant Jasper, Elephant Skin Jasper, Cobra Stone, Calligraphy Stone, Script Stone, and probably a few others I haven't heard! But we like Coquina Jasper best because it is more accurate. Coquina is the Spanish word for cockleshells or shellfish.

Coquina Jasper is a consolidated sedimentary rock of biochemical origin, mainly composed of the mineral calcite, often including some phosphate, in the form of seashells or coral. Coquina Jasper forms near the shore, where wave action is vigorous and sorts the sediments well.

Like most jaspers Coquina Jasper cabochons take a great polish, but the hardness can vary and the stone can have some very tiny surface pits. We do specialize in hand picked high grade material, so surface flaws are limited.