1.8" Polished Bumblebee Jasper Pocket Stones

These are pocket stones made from bumblebee jasper. The pictures are representative of the specimen(s) you will receive, so there may be some slight variation in size and color. Quantity discounts available.

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 that resembles 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 as it contains realgar which itself has a high arsenic content. But, the realgar within bumblebee jasper, in a polished state is not readily absorbed through the skin. So, it would be fairly safe to handle as long as you don't lick it, and we'd probably recommend washing your hands after handling just to be on the safe side.

The real danger would be to anyone cutting/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.

The stone is polished into an oval shape and is rounded on all sides. Polished stones of this size and shape are generally referred to as pocket stones as they will easily fit into a pocket. The pictures are representative to the stone you will receive, but there is some variation in colors and patterning.

Bumblebee Jasper
Calcite, Realgar & Pyrite
Mount Papandayan, West Java, Indonesia
Approximately 1.8 x 1.4 x .6"