This Bumble Bee Jasper specimen is polished on all sides. It has some unique gray banding going on, and it also has different hues of yellow, white, and a lighter gray on the front side of it.
Bumblebee Jasper (which is actually not a true Jasper) is a complex calcium carbonate mineral with inclusions of arsenic and manganese oxides. The banding and layering, which resembles a common bumblebee (hence the name), is caused by inclusions of sulfur (yellow), calcium & Aragonite (white), Orpiment & Realgar (orange), and Pyrite (black). This mineral was only recently discovered in the 1990’s in Papandayan Volcano, West Java Province, Indonesia. Since then, this mineral has yet to be discovered anywhere else on Earth and geologists don’t expect to find another deposit of it anytime soon.
Measurments: This Bumble Bee Jasper Specimen is 2.5 inches tall and is 1.5 inches wide.