A rare creamy and dark stone developed from volcanic movements in the mountains of Bali, Bumble Bee jasper offers an eye-catching swirl of color that appeals to gemstones buffs from all over the globe.
Jasper is the Greek term for “spotted stone” and Bumble Bee jasper is its sole yellow and black variety. Jasper may vary in shades, but each exhibits a distinct array of lines, stains, and hues across the gemstone. Though commonly counted as a chalcedony, scientists categorize jasper as a gemstone because of the stone's sandy form. Chalcedony suggests any form of quartz with crystals that are too tiny to be seen by the naked eye.
We obtain our Bumble Bee jasper from the Papandayan mine. It sits atop Mount Papandayan, which is about 15 kilometers from the town of Garut in West Java, Indonesia. It stands 8,743 feet high and is one of the highest volcanoes in Indonesia. It is susceptible to seasonal eruptions and dangerous gas emissions which makes mining difficult. This stone originates in hot sulfurous gas pockets near the mouth of the volcano alongside agate. Similar to other jaspers, the market reacts to the Bumble Bee variety according to the fullness of color. It is extremely difficult to obtain jaspers bearing a consistent look.