6.3" Very Vibrant, Free-Standing Polished Bumblebee Jasper

This is a 6.3" tall, free-standing, polished section of very vibrant bumblebee jasper from Mount Papandayan, Indonesia. The base of the stone has been cut flat so that is displays nicely on a flat surface without a need for a 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.
FOR SALE
$225
DETAILS
SPECIES
Calcite, Realgar & Pyrite
LOCATION
Mount Papandayan, West Java, Indonesia
SIZE
6.3 x 2.9 x 1.2"
CATEGORY
ITEM
#284198