Large Rare Mugglestone Tiger Iron 'Jupiter Jasper' Standing Freeform - 160mm, 2066g
Locality – Northern Cape, South Africa Size – 160 x 101 x 85mm Weight – 2066g
This mugglestone tiger iron standing freeform displays sharp contrast with vivid ochre yellow banding and dark, earthy brown, brick red jasper and metallic grey streaks. It has a uniquely sculptural shape, chunky and rounded at its apex with a slight 'lean' towards one side whilst remaining sturdy on its base. This bold beauty boasts a slick, lustrous polish all over and is truly stunning on display, captivating attention and inspiring conversation. Mugglestone is a very rare South African material and exceptional specimens such as this are increasingly scarce, making this a prized addition to a collectors cabinet.
About Tiger Iron
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, with 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, though 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 Mr and Mrs Muggle. It is speculated by some to be a type of stromatolite; a layered formation of fossilized algae and sediment.