Published May 2018 • Updated July 2022 • Read Time: 6 minutes
Chrysanthemum Stone is a rare variety of partially-silicified limestone. The black section is the Limestone, while the white “flower” is usually Celestine, but can also be white Aragonite or Calcite. While the mineral composition isn’t uncommon, the formation of perfect “petals” is exceptional. Most of the best specimens on the market come from clay and limestone mines in the mountainous Hunan region of southern China, where it has been mined since at least the eighteenth century. Chrysanthemum Stone has autumn energy, it sings of abundance, maturity, and celebration. It encourage us to be curious and interested in all the delightful things that are happening around us.
Chrysanthemum Stone has a powerful vibration that sings of abundance. It helps us find our true calling and to bloom right here in the present moment. It shows us the Great Big Picture, which encompasses everything on the spiritual and physical realms, revealing what we need to do in order to thrive. Chrysanthemum Stone teaches us that we can be abundant, lush and lucky in every area of our life. It is a fantastic manifestation tool and helps us use our energy consistently and wisely. It motivates us to choose healthy habits and helps bring our spiritual goals to fruition. Chrysanthemum Stone stabilize our energy fields, including our chakras and our aura. It is recommended for shamans and other spiritual travelers, who need to keep a connection to their physical body while roaming in higher realms or time-traveling.
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Emotional Healing Properties
Chrysanthemum Stone teaches us that all good things are possible and that we are tremendously blessed. It gives us a calm and happy confidence that enables us to go anywhere and do anything. It helps us be more extroverted and willing to try new things and meet new people. Chrysanthemum Stone also helps introverts protect their energy in social situations so that they can have fun without being overwhelmed. Chrysanthemum Stone offers us a steady source of courage and curiosity to encourage us to explore more. It sings that life is good and we should be merry. It helps us keep our hearts young and our energy fresh. Chrysanthemum Stone also wisely councils us so that we don’t become jaded by negative experiences. Instead, it helps us to learn the appropriate lesson and then go forward again with an open and happy heart. Chrysanthemum Stone encourages harmony and increases compatibility and trust between people. It invites us to enjoying the present moment as it comes and to have no time for emotions like jealousy and resentment.
Mental Healing Properties
Chrysanthemum Stone is helpful for anyone who is trying to figure out what they want to be “when they grow up.” It encourages us to explore our strengths and interests, and to be open to new paths that we hadn’t considered before. It helps us to find work that is enjoyable and profitable so that can enjoy all our waking hours. If someone wants to change careers or start a new business, Chrysanthemum Stone is an enthusiastic cheerleader. It encourages us to take a leap of faith and find our wings. It advises us to be open to opportunities when they come and to hunt down opportunities that haven’t come calling yet. Chrysanthemum Stone gives us courage to follow our dreams, in particular taking those first few steps which are often the hardest. It encourages us to be authentic and good. It asks us to stand against bigotry, willful ignorance, hypocrisy, superficiality and other forms of narrow-mind thinking.
Physical Healing Properties
Chrysanthemum Stone is used by metaphysical healers to treat the female reproductive system and is considered a powerful fertility crystal. It is also used on infants and children to help them grow strong and healthy. It is also believed to help children and teens who are going through growth spurts and need extra spiritual, emotional and physical support.
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Chrysanthemum Stone is primarily mined near the city of Liuyang, in Huana, China. It is also found in Canada (Vancouver), Japan, South Korea and the United States (California and around Lake Superior).
Mining and Treatments
Originally Chrysanthemum Stone could be hand-gathered from the surface of the ground. But as it has become more popular, production has become more disruptive. Most of the stones on the market comes from the clay mines in Hunan, China.
Chrysanthemum stones may be painted over to make their patterns more distinct.
Chrysanthemum Stone is not a single mineral, but rather a rock. As an easy way to understand the difference, think of rocks as being like cookies and minerals as being the ingredients which make up those cookies. Many different minerals are used to create a rock! Chrysanthemum Stone is a rare variety of Limestone which is partially silicified. Limestone is primarily composed of Aragonite, Calcite and Quartz. The white “flower” is typically Celestine (sometimes called Celestite) or Celestine partially displaced by Aragonite or Calcite. Despite their similar appearance and names, it is not related to Chinese Writing Stone.
Chrysanthemum Stone’s energy works well with its family – other sedimentary rocks. Try it in combination with Pipestone and Septarian Nodule
Chrysanthemum Stone Formation and Crystal Associates
Chrysanthemum Stone is formed when sea levels fall and salt water gets trapped in low-lying areas, where it slowly evaporated. During this time, Celestine and Calcite crystals formed into flowerlike shapes with a piece of flint in the center. Each petal is a separate crystal that has grown in a rhombohedral form. At the same time, the dark mud in the salty water continued to settle. Eventually when all the water had evaporated, the mud hardened into limestone, with the flower-crystal contained inside it.
Chrysanthemum Stone’s energy works well with its “friends” – crystal associates formed in the same geological environment. Try it in combination with Aragonite, Calcite, Celestine
Varies depending on location. The “classic” Chrysanthemum Stone from Hunan, China is black Limestone with a white Celestine “flower”. In other locations, the white flower is composed of Aragonite or Calcite
Black with a white “flower”
History of Chrysanthemum Stone
Chrysanthemum Stone has only recently discovered by metaphysical healers in the Western world. It has been a popular ornamental stone in China since the 18th century, and may have been using for healing purpose as well. It’s name comes from the flower which it resembles. Chrysanthemums have been grown in China since 1500 BCE, for their beauty as well as culinary and medicinal purposes. The original flowers were bright yellow and looked more like a daisy. Overtime they have been cultivated to becoming increasingly showy and colorful. In China, the chrysanthemum flower is one of the “four gentlemen” flowers that represents seasons and nobility. Chrysanthemum is the flower of the autumn, and is a symbol for longevity and good health. It is the subject for hundreds of poems and as well as the proverb, “If you would be happy for a lifetime, grow chrysanthemums.”
According to Chinese myths dating back to the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912), there was once a pair of immortal lovers who spent their time walking along the path of the Liuyang River. They scattered chrysanthemum petals and blossoms in the water, and their love was so pure that it turned the petals into stone. According to another version, the man was turned into stone and his beloved became a chrysanthemum flower. Their love was so strong, that they begged the gods to join them together, and Chrysanthemum Stone was the result. Today, the center for Chrysanthemum Stone carving and polishing is in the city of Liuyang, which is along the banks of the river. This city is also the birthplace of fireworks, whose original purpose was to scare away evil spirits.
Julie Abouzelof is the owner of Moonrise Crystals and an advocate for responsibly sourced gems and minerals. Her first career was in education teaching history, geology and anthropology, as well as working with special-needs students. She is now a heart-centered entrepreneur who encourages mindfulness and positive action to heal ourselves and the world. Julie lives in Hawaii with her lover and a little parrot named Darwin.