Mookaite and Sunset Mookaite
Mookaite from Australia is a colorful variety of Jasper in red, burgundy, pink, mauve, purple, yellow and white. It takes its name from Mooka Creek, near the Kennedy Ranges of Australia—the only region in the world where this type of Mookaite is found. Australian Mookaite is formed by the ancient skeletal remains of radiolaria, a microscopic protozoa with a silica shell, that were deposited in shallow sea beds. This later combined with additional silica in the groundwater as well as minerals that give Australian Mookaite its distinctive and vivid colors. Sunset Mookaite is a newer form of Jasper recently discovered in the Southwestern United States. Its banded appearance is similar to Australian Mookaite, though with more muted colors of red, burgundy, cream, white, golden brown, mauve and purple. As a newcomer to the market, little is know about the metaphysical attributes of Sunset Mookaite, but it is thought to share the main properties of as Australian Mookaite.