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Jasper, Bumblebee

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Create abundance and positive energy.

Enjoy your work and do your job well.

Be free of any self-imposed limitations.

Feel balanced, happy and empowered.

Let Bumble Bee Jasper lighten your heart!

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Healing Properties of BumbleBee Jasper

Spiritual: Bumblebee Jasper removes energetic blocks and pulls us into spiritual alignment.  It is a stone for clear-sensing and reveals the purpose of our life and what we need to do in order to best live it.  It show us how our spiritual longings can be used to transform our day-to-day life in positive ways.  Bumblebee Jasper also helps us to embrace our full self, both our Light and Shadow Sides.  It teaches us that our full self is far more interesting and powerful, than any limited concept of self could ever be.  Bumblebee Jasper inspires spiritual abundance and an end to scarcity-thinking.  Bumblebee Jasper is attuned to Sacral and Solar Plexus Chakras and linked to the astrological sign of Cancer, Leo. It is connected to the elements of Fire, Earth and Wind and vibrates to the number 8 and 9.

Emotional: Bumblebee Jasper is a happy stone of courage.  It releases deep-seated fears with a laugh and helps us to see that the actual truth about ourselves and our situation is far more positive than we’ve been led to believe.  Bumblebee Jasper encourages us to enjoy our life more and to surround ourselves with sweetness and beauty.  Bumblebee Jasper inspires us to be more self-reliant and self-confident, while also being generous with our love and attention.  It helps us to stop worrying about how other people view us and instead concentrate on being our Highest Self.

Mental: Bumblebee Jasper urges us to strike the word “impossible” from our vocabulary.  It stimulates our infinitely-clever mind and makes problem-solving an interesting challenge rather than a dreadful task.  It helps us to pay more attention to details and to think outside of the box about what those details can potentially mean.  Bumblebee Jasper helps us to ignore distracting thoughts/emotions, especially fear of failure.  It helps us to take the initiative and become more empowered in every area of our life.  Rather than waiting for an opportunity to come knocking, Bumblebee Jasper encourages us to actively seek out new adventures.  It promises us that we are perfectly capable of making good choices and living a vibrant and satisfying life.

Physical: Bumblebee Jasper is used by metaphysical healers to strengthen the digestive system, immune system and metabolism, as well as encouraging general physical vitality.  It is also said to be a powerful stone for healing the reproductive system, especially in cases of infertility.  Bumblebee Jasper is said to help with weight loss, particular in cases where it feels “impossible” to lose the weight.  Bumblebee Jasper is believed to help reduce allergies and sooth allergic reactions, particularly season allergies and food allergies.

Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.

Mineralogy of Bumblebee Jasper

Bumblebee Jasper, Papandayan Volcano, Java, Indonesia

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

Location: The only known deposits are on Mount Papandayan, an active stratovolcano in West Java, Indonesia.

Rock Family: 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 Arsnic, but it in minuscule quantities.

Formation: 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.

Mining: 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.

Hking Trail leading to Mount Papandayan

Enhancements: All Bumblebee Jaspers are fully natural, enhanced only by cutting, polishing and tumbling.

Synonyms: Bumblebee Agate, Eclipse Jasper, Fumarolic, Fumarole Jasper

Map courtesy of TravelBlog
Photos: Bumblebee JasperMount Papandayan

History of Bumblebee Jasper

Fumarole on Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii

Bumblebee Jasper is a relatively new rock for the metaphysical community and may only be found in the newest lapidaries, texts that describe gemstones and their powers.  It’s name comes from its bold coloring of bright orange/yellow and black stripes, reminiscent of the beloved insect.  Bumblebee Jasper may also form with “eyes” and other striking patterns.  Despite the name, it is not in fact a form of Jasper, but rather a rare form of calcite-rich Limestone.

The earliest references for this unique stone date to the mid-1990s by a company called IndoAgate.  They toured the mining sites in Indonesia and found the stone for sale in small local art and craft markets.  The stone was originally called Batu Badar Blerang, which translates into “Fumerole Jasper”.  The founder of IndoAgate purchased some of the stone, renamed them “Bumblebee Jasper” and introduced it the global community at the Tucson Gem Show.  Because it is both fragile and beautiful, it is sold primarily as a metaphysical mineral.  A rival seller later gave the stone yet another tradename, “Eclipse Jasper”, but most sellers prefer Bumblebee Jasper.

Mudpots, Yellowstone National Park

Bumblebee Jasper is formed in fumeroles, which are cracks in the earth’s crust near volcanoes where steam and gas can escape. Some fumeroles only last a few weeks or months, while others persist for decades or even centuries.  The word fumerole comes from the Latin “fumus” meaning “to smoke.”  When fumerorles are exposed to rain, they can become natural hotsprings.  In some cases, the sediment around them liquefies into a “mudpot” and begins to boil.  The most famous fumerole/mudpots are those belonging to the Yellowstone Super Volcano in Yellowstone National Park.  Some of these mudpots are gray mud, but others are quite colorful due to the unique geology of the region and these colorful fumeroles are nicknamed”paintpots”.

Fumeroles can be found on volcanoes around the world.  But the unique combination of geology on Mount Papandayan in West Java, Indonesia is the only location known to produce Bumblebee Jasper.  Mount Papandayan is a stratovolcano with four craters and multiple fumerole fields.  It most recently erupted in 2002.  Bumblebee Jasper is considered one of the “youngest” rocks in the world and new deposits are being formed today.

Steam rising form the fumarole fields of Mount Papandayan

Photos: Steam FumeroleMudpotMount Papandayan

Ethically Sourced Bumblebee Jasper

 

The Miners sell to a rough Gem Dealer/Exporter.

The Exporter sells to a Lapidary.

The Lapidary sells directly to Moonrise Crystals.

Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.

 

 

 

 

 

The Supply Chain

The Supply Chain is clean and relatively short.

The Mine and the Lapidary are located in different countries, with one middleman involved. 

 

 

The Mine

This Bumblebee Jasper was artisanally-mined in West Java, Indonesia.

The exact deposit is unknown, but most likely caused only minor environmental damage

and had relatively safe conditions for workers.

Learn More: Ethical Mining

 

 

The Lapidary

This Bumblebee Jasper was polished in West Java, Indoneisa for an American company.    

The Lapidary is a family-business run by two brothers who visit mines around the world.

In some locations, they polish the rough stones in the same country as the mine.

In other cases, they export the rough stones and have them polished in China.  

In both cases, factory workers have safe conditions and are paid fairly.

The Lapidary sells primarily at large gem shows.

Learn More: Ethical Lapidary

 

Sourcing Relationship

I first encountered the US wholesaler at the 2015 Franklin, North Carolina Gem and Mineral Show.  They carry a wide-variety of tumbled stones, both common and rare.  The family is originally from Pakistan and was the first company to import K2, sky-blue Azurite from the famous mountain. When I first saw K2 I knew it was real, but didn’t know what it was and so approached one of the owners.  He and I had an instant rapport.

Years later, we greet with a hug and he expects me to have questions about all his new stock.  He tells me, with justifiable pride, about all the improvements he’s made to his business since we last spoke.  In 2019, this source began to label all their stones with country-of-origin.  When I asked him why, he told me that he listens to his customers and I keep asking him where all the stones come from.

Safe Handling of Bumblebee Jasper

Bumblebee Jasper

What You’ll Receive: A 100% natural Bumblebee Jasper

Selection Process: The stone I select for you will be carefully chosen for its beauty and appeal.  If combined with other stones, I always take time to choose stones that look and feel good together.

Origin: Indonesia

Polishing Method: Polished by hand, one stone at a time. Each stone is unique and minor variations are what makes them beautiful.

Details:

  • Color: Mutlicolored, a combination of orange-yellow, grey and white
  • Polish: Shiny and completely smooth
  • Quality: AA
  • Shape: Rounded
  • Size: Average size is 1 inch / 25mm
  • Transparency: Opaque
  • Weight: Average weight is 0.6 oz / 17 grams / 85 carats

Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days.  International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.

Reviews

  1. Anthony G. (Florida)

    Another fantastic transaction! Lightening fast shipping. Thanks again.

  2. Jane H (Virginia)

    The stones are all beautiful and perfect! This is exactly what I was hoping for in a Bumblebee Jasper <3

  3. Rose K (Massachusetts)

    They just arrived and they are stunning — the bumblebee jasper, specifically, is so wonderfully vibrant!

    Thanks, as always, for your wonderful selections and commitment to ethical sourcing

  4. Angela S. (Ohio)

    WOW! That Bumblebee Jasper is quite the buzzy one! It feels best to me riding solo. Very uplifting, happy stone. My mind cleared, and I feel very present while holding it. Unexpected surprise!

  5. Michael L. (Washington)

    Great seller, would buy from again! A+++

  6. Cheryl L. (Arizona)

    Really in love with the crystal picked out for me. I love the shape and the energy of it is fantastic. Another great transaction with fast shipping, good packaging and wonderful customer service.

  7. Britney M. (California)

    Thank you So much!! I received them and they are perfect!!

  8. Dawn R. (New York)

    Very unique…love it!

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