#1 Chrysanthemum Stone on Stand
Chrysanthemum Stone from Liuyang, in the Hunan province of China. The Chrysanthemum Stone was formed from geological changes in the Permian age of the Paleozoic era, 248 to 290 million years ago, from high temperatures and the compression of thick layers of organic-rich mud at the bottom of the sea. As Celestite and Calcite oozed into the mix, continued pressure and deposition allowed spectacular radial lath-like crystals to form that remained as flower patterns. These flower like crystals consist of Celestite, Calcite, Feldspar or Andalusite, while the black, or sometimes brown, base rock of Chrysanthemum Stone is comprised of Dolomite, Gypsum clay, Limestone or Porphyry. The Chrysanthemum Stone is the official symbol of the Chinese Imperial family.
Dimensions: L - 3 1/2", W - 1 1/2", H - 6" (This stone is mounted to the stand)
Weight: 592 g