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Bumblebee Jasper

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About Bumblebee JasperHide

Trade name.
Trade name for colorful fibrous calcite found at Mount Papandayan, West Java, Indonesia. The material is made of radially grown fibrous calcite with a distinctive yellow, orange, and black banding. The orange and yellow colors are mainly caused by finely dispersed realgar (XRD analysis, Attard and Petrov, 2017; Raman analysis, Fritsch and Ivey, 2015). The black stain is caused by pyrite (EDS analysis, Fritsch and Ivey, 2015).

Note: Bumblebee "Jasper" is a misnomer, as this material contains no quartz at all (while actual jasper is a variety of chalcedony, which itself is more or less a "microcrystalline quartz").

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No information on health risks for this material has been entered into the database. You should always treat mineral specimens with care.

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Fritsch, E., Ivey, J. (2015) Mustard Jasper or Bumble bee stone. Proceedings of the 34th International Gemmological Conference, 2015, Vilnius: 149-150.
Attard, J., Petrov, A. (2017) XRD analysis of material. See https://www.mindat.org/forum.php?read,62,414093,414149#msg-414149

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