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Bumblebee Jasper Cabochon - Hand Cut Designer Freeform Gemstone Cabochon

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This gemstone is not for the jewelry designer who is striving for subtlety!! We came across this Bumblebee Jasper last winter in Quartzsite. I'd seen slabs of this material before, but none with this startling intense orange color. (this dealer also seemed to have much higher quality material than I had seen around the gem shows) Bumblebee Jasper has amazing yellows, oranges and blacks and if any stone color looked to potentially be artifical, this one does. Unbelievably, the color of this stone is REAL. It’s from hydrothermal vents on Mount Papansayan on West Java, Indonesia. The yellow and orange coloration is caused by Sulfur that is then opalized and silicated. Other trace elements are also present, producing a striking range of colors and pattern with the yellow and orange stones highlighted with black, gray, tan and crystal.
It has been dubbed "jasper" but is said to be more of a banded sulphuric yellow onyx . Only a small amount of Bumblebee Jasper is produced from the source each year, and most of it is snapped up quickly, so I don't expect that we will be having a continual supply of this unique material.

This stone measure: 24.69 mm wide x 24.58 mm long x 4.35 mm thick. Hardness is about 5 on the Mohs scale, so be gentle when bezel setting.

As with all of our cabochons, the reverse side has a matte finish, and it has a beveled girdle and low dome for easy bezeling.

Bumblebee Jasper Cabochon - Hand Cut Designer Freeform Gemstone Cabochon

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