Brecciated jasper, also known as poppy jasper, is a type of jasper that is primarily found in Madagascar. It is formed from silica-rich sedimentary rocks and is characterized by its distinctive patterns and colors.
The appearance of brecciated jasper is marked by swirling patterns of red, brown, cream, and occasionally black. These patterns often resemble the petals of a poppy flower, hence the alternate name "poppy jasper." The colors and patterns are caused by the presence of iron oxides and other mineral impurities that interact with the silica during formation.
Brecciated jasper typically has a smooth and polished surface, making it popular for use in jewelry, beads, carvings, and decorative items. Its earthy tones and unique patterns make it a favorite among collectors and jewelry designers alike. Additionally, it is believed by some to have metaphysical properties that promote vitality, grounding, and stability.