Kennedy Range mookaite is an exquisite gemstone with a unique swirl of raspberry and honey hues found in no other stone. This single-source gemstone formed millions of years ago when an ancient sea bed in Western Australia was transformed into jasper quartz rock.
Kennedy Range mookaite owes its beauty to its lovely mixture of reds, purples, browns and yellows that swirl together within each unique piece. A variety of jasper, mookaite is composed of the fossilized skeletal remains of radiolaria, microscopic protozoa with an opaline silica shell that date back to the Paleozoic Era. The minerals and marine organisms that once lived in this ancient sea produce the varied coloration of mookaite jasper that we see today. Over the course of millennia, billions of their remains were deposited as sediment in shallow parts of the sea bed. The remains were then cemented into solid rock by silica-laden groundwater. In fact, the name mooka comes from an Aboriginal word meaning running water, referring to the numerous springs that nourish the Mooka Creek area where this gemstone can now be found. Mookaite jasper's unusual origins mean that it can only be found in one area on Earth, making it all the more rare and desirable among gemstone collectors. This completely natural gemstone is only mined in Western Australia from the Kennedy Ranges near Gascoyne Junction.
Kennedy Range Mookaite can only be found in the Kennedy Ranges near Gascoyne Junction in Western Australia. Mookaite is found in outcroppings near Mooka Creek, the namesake for this rare gem.