Jasper, Bumblebee (Disc)
Create abundance and positive energy.
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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.
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These Bumblebee Jaspers were mined in Indonesia and tumbled in South Africa.
It would be my pleasure to hand-select a beautiful Bumblebee Jasper for you.
This price is for one stone. You can buy a single Bumble Bee Jasper or several, depending on your individual needs. Each Bumblebee Jasper measures at least 1 inch at its longest length and have a flat shape with soft edges. Tumbled stones are natural products and variations are part of their beauty.
The stone I choose for you will be smooth and free of chips and be a visually pleasing pattern of stripes of bright yellow-orange and various shades of grey. If you buy multiple stones, I will choose stones that look and feel particularly good together. Stones will be cleansed and smudged with sage before being shipped to you.
Safe Handling of Bumblebee Jasper
Bumblebee Jasper contains numerous dangerous elements and so should NOT be used to make direct-infusion “Bumblebee Water” for drinking or bathing. You can however, make a safe elixir using an indirect method – simply place the stone near, but not touching, the water.
Bumblebee Jasper is a fragile stone that can easily break or chip! They should not be casually carried in a pocket or in a medicine bag. They are best kept as collectors pieces or on an altar, handling with care.
Good to Know:
Bumblebee Jasper can be physically cleansed with water or a dusting cloth.
Bumblebee Jasper can be energetically cleansed using any method. They will appreciate being soaked in fresh water, set outside to absorb the moonlight, and/or being smudged with smoke or incense. Use your own intuition to determine the best method.
Bumblebee Jasper can be left in sunshine for extended periods of time without losing their color. However, it is always considered a “best practice” to keep your stones and crystals out of direct sunlight as much as possible.
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