Chrysanthemum Stones, also called Flower Stones, are a geological rarity that once formed at the bottom of the sea some 250 million years ago in China and Japan. The base consists of a dark combination of limestone, dolomite, gypsum, or porphyry, and the “flowers” are a combination of calcite, celestite ,andalusite or feldspar. The specimens from China are primarily celestite.
Celestite, a stone often associated with light celestial energy, infused its “heavenly qi” into the darks depths of the ancient sea. It is the ultimate meeting of heaven and earth-the celestial realms joining with the depths of the earth. As above so below. In a stone.
Many chrysanthemum stones on the market today have been altered-the flowers accentuated with paint to appear more “perfect.” These stones are not altered in any way other than some polishing.
Locality: Hunan Province, China