Chrysanthemum stone, the "flower stone," displays tan, brown, mahogany or golden color with dark veins--"flowered" inclusions. Called the "Stone of Wealth and Honor" by the Chinese people for centuries, chrysanthemum stone is also the official symbol of the Chinese imperial family.
Chrysanthemum Stone Metaphysical Properties
Chrysanthemum stone blends the beauty of both earth and moon. It contains the rich dark brown color of soil and the golden glow of moonlight. The stone is associated with the astrological signs of Taurus and Aquarius. The chrysanthemum stone is believed to inspire and enliven. It is said to help lift depression and increase friendliness and happiness and bring joy of achievement. Chrysanthemum stone has been used to dispel ignorance, bigotry and self-righteousness.
Chrysanthemum Stone Geological Properties
Chrysanthemum stone was formed many millions of years ago when the strata deposit of mud that was rich in organic materials occurred at the bottom of a sea. Chrysanthemum stone is comprised dolomite, gypsum-laden clay or limestone with crystals of andalusite, celestite, feldspar or calcite which form inclusions reminiscent of blooming chrysanthemum flowers. In addition to China, chrysanthemum stone has been found in Canada, Japan and the USA.
Microcrystalline quartz, banded chalcedony--often infused with iron and aluminum
Golden or brown background, dark veining
3 to 4 (Mohs)
2.60 - 2.65
1.544 - 1.553
Proper Care of Chrysanthemum Stone
Chrysanthemum stone can be cleaned with warm soapy water and a soft brush. Avoid exposure to household chemicals and extreme heat. You should protect chrysanthemum stone jewelry from sharp blows, as they can shatter the stone. Care should also be taken to store chrysanthemum jewelry so that the polish of the soft stone doesn't become scratched.
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Designing with Chrysanthemum Stone
Nothing warms one like a mixture of tawny, sensuous golds and browns. Add intricate black veining and you have chrysanthemum stone, the perfect stone for every camel-colored, black, or brown fashion in your closet. Chrysanthemum stone is versatile. Try mixing it with golden "jade" and golden leaf agate in multiple strands. Combine it with various shapes of aragonite beads and it fairly shouts "golden and gorgeous." Want it to whisper those words more subtly? Mix it with delicate Brazilian citrine. Get out your bead board and experiment with wood and heishi shell beads for a more informal look. Add a brick red accent with brecciated jasper. Try it with copper. You'll be delighted at the variety of beautiful jewelry you can create with chrysanthemum stone.
**Please note that all metaphysical or healing properties listed are collected from various sources. This information is offered as a service and not meant to treat medical conditions. Fire Mountain Gems and Beads® does not guarantee the validity of any of these statements.
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