|Suiseki & Scholars Stones|
Japanese Chrysanthemum Stones. Please note that the influx of Chinese 'so called' chrysanthemum stones are not what they seem. These are crystalline stones sure enough but then they are cut and then the crystals are outlined with black paint to set the off white crystals. The matrix or base stone is soft and grey in colour. If you buy these you are therefore buying a 'painted' stone. Hardly in the same class as the genuine Japanese Kikaseki or Biseki. Fine to have as an example of course but then you will still have a fake.
What I occasionally sell when they are available are real Japanese Kika seki and sometimes Biseki which are polished Japanese Kikaseki (Kiku-sihi) and therefore are beautiful or Biseki Stones. 'Bi' = Utsukushi = Beautiful. I rarely manage to get these as they are now very hard to find.
What are chrysanthemum Stones?
In Japan, chrysanthemum stones were discovered in the late 1800s in Neodani, a high mountain valley in central Japan. They tend to be denser than the Chinese chrysanthemum stones, and have smaller flower formations. The matrix surrounding the crystal flowers is volcanic in origin, with various minerals which give the stones their varied colors.
The science: North of Mount Funabuse in Gifu Prefecture, Japan, a notable basaltic rock is quarried at a hill called Maru-Yama: Crystals of xenotime and zircon arranged in a radiating, flower-like pattern are visible in polished slices of the rock, which is known as chrysanthemum stone (translated from the Japanese kiku-ishi). This stone is widely appreciated in Japan for its ornamental value. Because of over collecting this are has now been completely closed and no more Kikaseki are collected. This make all available Kikaseki and Biseki a great rarity as all stones offered for sale are now at a premium.
All prices are post included within the UK. For overseas postage the price is based on weight. This is between $15USD for the smallest and $40USD for the heaviest.
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