Jasper, Bumblebee (Disc)
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!
Mineralogy of Bumblebee Jasper
Color: Yellow/Orange, Black, Gray
Luminescence: Unconfirmed, weak fluorescence has been reported
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 deposits are hidden in the jungle and at least one of the mines can only be reached on foot. Some of the deposits are mined using only hand tools, while others use construction machinery.
Enhancements: All Bumblebee Jaspers are fully natural, enhanced only by cutting, polishing and tumbling.
Synonyms: Bumblebee Agate, Eclipse Jasper, Fumarolic, Fumarole Jasper
History of Bumblebee Jasper
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/Stone”, but most sellers seem to prefer the name Bumblebee Jasper.
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.
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.
Ethically Sourced Bumblebee Jasper
The Miners sell to a rough Gem Dealer/Exporter.
The Gem Dealer sells to the 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 Lapidary are in different countries and at least one middleman is involved.
This Bumblebee Jasper was artisionally-mined in West Java, Indonesia.
The exact deposit is unknown, but most likely caused only minor environmental damage,
and would have been relatively low risk for miners.
Learn More: Ethical Mining
This Bumblebee Jasper was polished in Mumbai, India.
The Lapidary is a family business, owned by two business partners.
Factory workers have safe conditions and are paid fairly.
The Lapidary is also the direct-importer & sells exclusively at large gem shows.
Learn More: Ethical Lapidary
I first met one of the owners of the lapidary at the Denver Gem Show in 2017. Our first encounter was short since it was my last day of shopping and I had already spent most of my budget. But their tumbled stock was the highest quality I had ever seen. A few months later we met again in Tucson and this time I made sure to see them at the beginning of the show!
In 2019, at the Tucson Gem Show, I was able to sit down with both owners and have a lengthy conversation about sourcing. Unlike most vendors, they were willing to speak with me in-depth about how they make sure their business is ethical. We talked about individual mines they source from both in India as well as how they source from other countries. We also talked about how they treat their own workers and about the links between business, karma and God. Their willingness to talk and their pleasure at the conversation makes me eager to continue to develop and deepen this relationship.
Bumblebee Jasper Tumbled Stone
Color: Orange/yellow, with black/gray/white stripes. The orange part may be more rough than than the black/gray, because it is a softer mineral. This is a 100% natural stone, so minor variations are part of their unique beauty.
Size: 1 inch, or a little bit bigger
Weight: 1 oz
Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days. International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.
Safe Handling of Bumblebee Jasper
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