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~ Bumble bee stone cab ~

Offered here is an extraordinary cabochon of bumble bee stone, from Indonesia. After slicing some of this extraordinary material in my slab saw, it simply isn't hard enough to be either a jasper or an agate. Once polished, it has a somewhat waxy feel, a lot like onyx does. I know this for certain: It cuts FANTASTIC cabs! This example has wild scallops and banding in brilliant yellow-orange alternating with black, adding a striking, eye-catching contrast. An importer's website states that this material is harvested near the steaming calderas of Mount Papandayan, an active volcano, where locals collect native sulfur! So that explains the vivid yellow and yellow-orange coloration. I think bumble bee 'jasper' has tremendous designer potential! The cab has a nicely rounded dome of 5mm, a plump designer drop shape, and a slick glossy polish both front and back.

Size: 52x28mm
Weight: approximately 60 carats

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Bumble bee jasper

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