2.9" Polished Bumblebee Jasper Sphere - Indonesia

This is a 2.9" wide polished bumblebee jasper sphere. It was mined from Mount Papandayan in West Java, Indonesia. It comes with the pictured display stand.

Bumblebee jasper is the trade name for a vibrantly colored, fibrous calcite mined exclusively from Mount Papandayan in Indonesia. It is has very distinctive yellow, orange, and black banding resembling the color patterns of a bumblebee, hence the name. The orange and yellow colors are mainly caused by finely dispersed realgar while the black bands are caused by pyrite. Technically it is not a jasper, as it is primarily calcite and contains very little silica.

A Note On Toxicity

Many websites list bumblebee jasper as a toxic mineral since it contains realgar, which has a high arsenic content. But, in a polished state, the realgar within bumblebee jasper is not readily absorbed through the skin. Therefore it is fairly safe to handle, though we recommend washing your hands after handling just to be on the safe side.

The real danger is to anyone cutting/ or polishing the stone or handling raw, unpolished bumblebee jasper. The dust created could easily be inhaled or ingested, which would pose a serious health risk.
Calcite, Realgar & Pyrite
Mount Papandayan, West Java, Indonesia
2.9" in diameter