Bumble Bee Jasper
Bumble Bee Jasper is a naturally occurring mineral whose vibrant yellow colour is caused by the presence of sulphur. This distinctive and highly sought after rock is extremely rare due to the fact that it can only be found on Mount Papandayan which is on the volcanic island of Java in Indonesia. Furthermore most of the mines there have now been exhausted meaning there is virtually no gem grade material left in the ground. This sedimentary rock is made up of volcanic ash, mud and layers of sulfur. The sulphur is believed to have traces of orpiment which is an arsenic sulphide.
Bumble Bee Jasper is a variety of jasper which few people are familiar with. Highly sought after by collectors and enthusiasts around the world, finding fine grade material is now a huge challenge and most of the rock that is out of the ground is already in the hands of collectors or dealers. Large quantities of the stone are known to be housed in Jaipur in India where it's waiting to be cut into cabochons for use in jewellery. Most of the gemstones used in commercial grade jewellery are cut and polished in Jaipur and for some reason, Bumble Bee Jasper is known locally as Eclipse Stone.
This vibrant yellow coloured Bumble Bee Jasper is beautifully polished and one of only a few pieces of this rare mineral that we currently have available.
Weight (grams): 56.6
Size (cms): 6.1 x 3.1 x 1.6