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Bumble Bee Jasper

These cabochons were cut from material found in a volcano in the West Java province of Indonesia. Taken from a young breached caldera near the town of Garut called Mount Papandayan. The area is now closed to all mining and is now a resort.

Many of the minerals found around the vents are sulfates. The most abundant minerals are sulfur, hematite, halite, sylvite, gypsum, raistonite, anhydrite, thenardite, tangbenite and opaline silica, orpiment and realgar. Bumble Bee Jasper is probably a makeup of all the minerals listed above and maybe more. Because it has silica in it, it was named Jasper by the person who found it.

Most of this material does have some small pits and separations, sometime where 2 abundant minerals meet, but that doesn't take away from its beauty, in person it looks fantastic and will hold up in setting.  The close up pictures make the pits look much bigger than they are.  Makes jewelry stand out with it's multi combination of colors.

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