Chrysanthemum stones are attractive mineral formations that began development during the Permian Age (248-290 million years ago). They began as thick layers of elementally rich mud that settled to the bottom of ancient seas. This primordial muck was abundant with calcium carbonate and strontium sulphate, the components necessary to create minerals such as calcite, celestite, and feldspar.
Instead of growing vertically however, the minerals were hindered by the hardening and compression of the surrounding mud. Accordingly, they created radial, flattened formations. The restrictive mud (composed of limestone, dolomite and gypsum) now serves as its black canvas. Skilled lapidary artists have carefully and tactfully defined the edges of the petals to create a relief that enhances the mineral’s natural likeness to flowers.
Chrysanthemum stones are believed to harbor all the wonderful qualities of its namesake and are even referred to as Stones of Wealth & Honor. In fact, they are an official symbol of the Chinese imperial family and are given as gifts to promote harmony in change and overall good fortune. This is a sizable example with several well-formed chrysanthemum blossoms that are evenly distributed across its black host rock. The dispersion of the blooms allows them to have excellent isolation which makes for a striking contrast of colors.
- ColorsBlack, White
4.33"L x 10.63"W x 13.78"H
- OriginUnited States
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