Over this past weekend, I was honoured to come across some of the most beautiful stones I have seen so far. Until now I was under the impression that these Kambaba Jasper stones also went by the name Nebula Stone, until I stumbled across a website purely dedicated to educating the public about the difference between them. I have since done further research to verify and discovered some major differences between these stones and why they should never be confused as being the same.
In the first instance, Nebula stone is an igneous rock, meaning that its origin is that it crystallized from a molten state (magma). Colour wise, nebula stone has a black matrix (background) with green spots suspended through it, as per the photos below:
The composition of Nebula stone is “Quartz, Anorthoclase, Riebeckite, Aegirine, Arfedsonite and Zircon. Quartz and Anorthoclase form the groundmass of the gem, while Riebeckite and Aegirine are an integral part of the spherulites. The darker matrix is richer in Riebeckite and also contains more Quartz and Anorthoclase. The light green spherules you see in the stone composed of radiating fibres (sic) are riebeckite needles mantled with fine grained Aegirine.” (Nurnberg, 2008)
Comparatively, Kambaba Jasper is of sedimentary origin. It is essentially a stromatolite, a laminated, mounded structure, built up over an extended period of time by successive layers or mats of Cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) trapped in sedimentary material. An example of Kambaba Jasper is shown in the photograph below:
Essentially the biggest difference between the two is that one is igneous meaning it crystallized from molten magma, the other is a fossil of algae. Energetically this indicates that they will have vastly different applications and uses.
Nebula Stone was discovered in Mexico in the mid-1990s by Karen and Ron Nurnberg. The stone has patterns and depths reminiscent of the night sky and an otherworldly quality that makes it a powerful healer for all stuck in what feels like a dead end, whether in a career, a relationship or in a place you have lived all your life that now seems too small and restrictive. It brings settled energies when you feel ill at ease in your home. Holding your Nebula Stone to focus on a star, aids you to merge with cosmic energies.
Nebula Stone is said to carry the energy of the archetype of the Great Mother. It represents the ancient and primal creative aspect of the Universe. It assists in recovering one’s power and utilizing it through the process of creation.
While Nebula Stone is strongly grounding, it stimulates the remembrance of Light within the cells, drawing Light into the physical body and activating the consciousness of each particle of matter. This facilitates growth of one’s consciousness that is powerfully awakening. This activation of the cells and particles of the physical body can initiate healing experiences, but more importantly, it enables a remembrance of who and what we are – Spirit in physical form.
Kambala Jasper, also known as Crocodile Jasper among others originates from Africa; and is said to mystically soothe the nerves and state of mind. As with other jaspers, it is good for grounding and protection. It is claimed to be beneficial for plant growth and health, particularly in arid environments or where the soil is poor. Kambaba Jasper is said to help dietary stabilization, assimilation of vitamins and minerals, and cleansing the body of toxins.
Kambaba Jasper is a stone of spiritual confidence, drawing upon the wisdom of ancestral energies held within its crystal layers to align the inner peace inherent in one’s nature. It encourages happiness and activates the ability to attract prosperity and abundance to one’s life. Kambaba Jasper is also an excellent grounding stone for use in ancient places, both natural and created by humans, for connecting to those who once lived there. It is highly protective against psychic danger or negative entities, especially if one senses past evil practices in a building or area, or suddenly finds oneself in the wrong place.
Kambaba Jasper is a “growth crystal” – a powerful conduit of the earth’s Life Force of birth, development, and creation, and of the power of nature’s constant renewal. Due in large part to its original formation being due to algae and that it is a fossil.
It is a potent aid in nurturing, whether of fledgling family relationships or a new business venture. Kambaba Jasper is perfect for keeping a venture on course, a project on schedule, and life on track. It is a talisman of physical growth and strength, and safety in travel. The black areas within Kambaba Jasper deepen our connection to the physical, natural world. It brings power and strength, relieving fears specifically associated with the physical existence here on Earth. It offers protection and a retreat, the safety of being hidden from one’s enemies.
In summary, although it is understandable that due to their similar appearances Kambaba Jasper and Nebula Stone can be confused, it is clear that they are vastly different stones. Nebula Stone is an igneous rock with cosmic energy that stimulates Spiritual awakening. Kambaba Jasper is fossilized algae with earth energy that fosters grounded spiritual growth and is strongly protective.
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