Saturday, 17 September 2011

Chrysanthemum stone ~

Chrysanthemum stone is formed from ancient sediments.  Stones shown here could be millions of years old.  Their patterning is endlessly variable and very pleasing.  I have seldom seen them when browsing the shops.  The web page linked to above gives basic information about mineral content. 

This page on the site provides a lot more background information.   The use of English is rather quaint but the information is there, and I do like the look of the men who run it.  I'm pleased to see this more personal face of the vast country of China, which we have come to identify as the world's giant manufacturing base.  And if you are inclined to criticise the use of language you might pause to reflect on how much better their English is than your Chinese.

The same thin piece turned over - different again!

Late last night after I'd published this item accompanied by a photograph of black and grey patterned beads, the term 'snowflake obsidian' popped into my head, which is just as well!  That image has since been placed in an article about obsidian where it is correctly identified.  There is a world of difference between the two: as stated above, Chrysanthemum stone is formed from sediment, whereas snowflake obsidian is formed from volcanic material - they truly are at opposite ends of the spectrum!  

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