Rock Type: Sedimentary (Limestone) Major Minerals:Calcite, Pyrite, Realgar Minor Minerals: Gypsum, Hematite, Sulfur
Color: Yellow/Orange, Black, Gray Gravity: Unknown Hardness: 5 Luminescence: Unconfirmed, weak fluorescence has been reported Texture: Crystalline Transparency: Opaque
Where does Bumblebee Jasper come from?
The only known deposits are on Mount Papandayan, an active stratovolcano in West Java, Indonesia.
What is Bumblebee Jasper?
Bumblebee Jasper is not a true Jasper in any sense nor is it a single mineral. Bumblebee Jasper is a soft and porous sedimentary rock, As an easy way to understand the difference, think of rocks as being like cookies and minerals as being the ingredients which make up those cookies. Many different minerals are used to create a rock! Bumblebee Jasper is a rare Limestone, primarily composed of Calcite and Volcanic Ash. It’s white/gray color is Calcite, the black layers are actually Pyrite and the bright yellow/orange color is Realgar. Many sellers mistaken report that the yellow/orange color is Sulfur. While the rock does contain trace elements of Sulfur, the yellow/orange color has been lab-verified as Realgar (Attard and Petrov, 2017). The same report confirms the presence of Arsenic, but it in minuscule quantities.
Bumblebee Jasper is formed from a mixture of Indonesian volcano lava and sediment. They form around fumeroles, cracks in the earth where volcanic steam and gas escapes. During the rainy season in Indonesia, fumeroles turn into boiling mud pools.
How is Bumblebee Jasper mined?
The only known location for Bumblebee Jasper is found on or near Mount Papandayan, an active volcano in Indonesia. The deposit(s) are hidden in the jungle and primarily mined using basic hand tools. At least one of the mines can only be reached by hiking on foot.
Is Bumblebee Jasper natural?
All Bumblebee Jaspers are natural, enhanced only through cutting and polishing.
Julie Abouzelof is the owner of Moonrise Crystals and an advocate for responsibly sourced gems and minerals. Her first career was in education teaching history, geology and anthropology, as well as working with special-needs students. She is now a heart-centered entrepreneur who encourages mindfulness and positive action to heal ourselves and the world. Julie lives in Hawaii with her lover and a little parrot named Darwin. She is rarely on social media, but enjoys connecting via email.