Mom cat snuggling with her sweet-faced little kitten. This “section carving” is made of Madagacan Ocean Jasper.
Dimensions: (4.8″/122mm – long) x (3.23/82mm” tall) x (3.15″/80 mm ~ thick)
Weight: 1.36 lbs/615.6 grams
“Section Carving” is a complex and difficult art to master. Defined as carving both the base and the subject from the same stone in one piece, the master carver must know not only carving techniques, but also the intricacies of the stone. Some inclusions or fault may not be visible until the carving is underway. The carver must then be prepared to alter the design immediately. Usually a sketch is drawn before the carving is begun, with alternate drawings to refer to should unexpected weak spots appear. While it takes eight to ten years to become a master carver, another three years or more are required to become proficient in section carving.
Orbicular Jasper, also known as Ocean Jasper, is an unusual variety of jasper recently found in Madagascar. Like other jaspers, it is a member of the quartz family, a silicon dioxide material with a hardness of 6.5 to 7. Color variations include vibrant shades of green, pink, red, black, brown, orange, yellow, and white. Its patterns are wild with polka dots, wavy lines, banding with scalloped edges, and multi colored florets. It also often forms cavities filled with sparkling drusy quartz crystals. Orbicular Jasper is known as a stone of joy and high spirits, but at the same time can be calming and soothing. It can also allow for the release of stress and escapism, and help one understand the value of the here and now.