Specimen #1556

Name: Stellate Aggregates of Calcite Paramorphs After Aragonite

Type: Mineral

Locality: Nogohakusan (Nogo-Hakusan), Neo-mura, Gifu prefecture, Chubu region, Honshu Island, Japan

Favorite? N

Fluorescent? N

Size: 11 x 6 x 3.5 cm


Acquired: 2009-08-05

Source: Gion Ishi Copany, Kyoto, Japan

Label: N

Comment: Identified for me by Alfredo Petrov both on Mindat and in person at 8/09 Springfield, Mass show: kikuseki = "chrysanthemum stones" = stellate aggregates of calcite paramorphs after aragonite From Mindat 8/6/09: Comment by Bob Meyer: I think the photographs would have helped with the translation, since the prose is a bit flowery. Something like: Sounds of the Valley upper 14 W x 10 H x 4 D cm lower 22 W x 13 H x 6 D cm Fukuro Collection Collecting rocks in the Neo Valley is a heavenly experience, being surrounded with the sounds of streams of water and the singing of birds. Each time I look at the two specimens, with their flower-like forms, I am reminded of my experiences while collecting them. The upper specimen has green stripes (or patterns) which create the vivid impression of flowers exploding in a fireworks display. The bottom specimen has crystals? like flower petals that follow the shape of the layering in the matrix, which nicely shows the rock's structure. I hand-made the display bases from a Chinese wood. The flower-like grain of the wood complements the flower-like form of the specimens. Translated by Michiko Takamori and Bob Meyer

Minerals: Aragonite (CaCO3) Calcite (CaCO3)

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Stellate Aggregates of Calcite Paramorphs After Aragonite , Neo Valley, Japan - 11 x 6 x 3.5 cm


Stellate Aggregates of Calcite Paramorphs After Aragonite , Neo Valley, Japan


received with specimen from dealer when purchased in Kyoto