Bumble Bee Jasper
Bumble bee jasper is a vibrant yellow coloured mineral which is rapidly becoming extremely rare. It comes exclusively from Mount Papandayan in Indonesia and is a sedimentary rock made up of volcanic ash, mud and layers of sulfur. The sulphur, which causes its distinctive yellow colour is believed to contain orpiment which is an arsenic sulphide.
Sadly the bumble bee jasper mines are now depleted and there's very little material left available to mine. Almost all of the nicest pieces are now in the hands of mineral dealers or collectors and there's large amounts of very low grade material being offered for sale at over inflated prices. There is however still a large number of cabochons available and many of these are laying in warehouses in Jaipur, India waiting to be transformed into various pieces of gemstone jewellery. The name eclipse stone is often used when bumble bee jasper is cut as a cabochon and this name originated in India.
This striking bumble bee jasper stone is beautifully polished and one of only a few pieces of this mineral that we currently have available in our collection.
Weight (grams): 56.6
Size (cms): 6.1 x 3.1 x 1.6