Sunday’s Gem — Chrysanthemum Stone

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~Albert Einstein, German-born theoretical physicist

Do you need some help finding your true purpose in life? Do you fail to see opportunities as they unfold in front of you? Are you afraid to live your dreams?

Then you need a Chrysanthemum Stone!

Chrysanthemum Stone. Image courtesy of, which credited it to

A naturally-occurring formation from the Paleozoic era (248 to 290 million years ago), Chrysanthemum Stone is a deep gray to black matrix with andalusite crystals in the shape of a flower.

Discovered in Japan in the late 1800s, Chrysanthemum Stone can be found in China, Canada, and the U.S. as well. The Chinese have referred to it as the “Stone of Wealth and Honor” for hundreds of years.

On the physical level, Chrysanthemum Stone is valued for easing disorders of the skin, eyes, and bones, as well as clearing out negative toxins. It’s especially beneficial for those going through puberty and for female problems.

Chrysanthemum Stones have been used to uncover the sex of a baby before it’s born (I guess before sonograms, perhaps as entertainment at baby showers!). Anyway, the expecting mom should hold a pendulum over the stone. If it starts to swing back and forth from her, the baby is said to be of the same sex as mom; if the pendulum swings side to side, the baby’s sex will be opposite hers.

This stone’s calm and confident energy is touted to help a person bloom, connect with others, and be brave in taking more risks. It’s also good for eliminating jealousy or resentment.

Chrysanthemum Stone is said to be beneficial for starting new life journeys, whether career or relationships.

Try sleeping with a Chrysanthemum Stone under your pillow and see if you don’t wake up more optimistic. Carry a piece in your pocket or place one on your desk at work to radiate harmony. Hold some in your hand for reflective meditation. Wear it in jewelry.

Chrysanthemum Stone, with its black and white energies, is believed to balance both yin and yang forces. Healers think it stimulates the Base Chakra (restoring your physical body to strength and your spiritual energy to security) as well as the Crown Chakra (helping you maintain stability during setbacks).

Feng Shui experts say Chrysanthemum Stone uses Metal Energy and should be placed wherever you need to bring balance.

Note: The claims here aren’t meant to take the place of medical advice. They’re based on folklore and other sources, and likely “work” best if one’s belief is strong enough!


15 thoughts on “Sunday’s Gem — Chrysanthemum Stone

  1. This one’s completely new to me. Wouldn’t it be something, to find one? I wonder how rockhounds recognize them before they’re cut? I can spot chert nodules in the hill country, and a crystal if its lying on the ground, but this looks like it would be tougher. On the other hand, this one looks kind of shiny on the outside, so ‘black and shiny’ might be a clue.

    I smiled at the name for another reason. I never could spell ‘that’ flower as a kid, until I broke it apart and thought of it as “Chrys-an-the-mum.” I had a friend named Christine, so I just thought of Chris and her mother!

  2. Debbie, you taught me something that I never knew because I’ve never heard of or seen a Chrysanthemum Stone! Before leaving my comment, I googled it so that I could see more photographs. What a beautiful gemstone! The way it’s been cut, yes, it looks like a Chrysanthemum (Mum)!

    Interesting to read that it was discovered in Japan, which is a country I love!

    “Healers think it stimulates the Base Chakra (restoring your physical body to strength and your spiritual energy to security) as well as the Crown Chakra (helping you maintain stability during setbacks).”

    Being someone who works with energy (Reiki) I found that very informative when doing a session.

    Once again, thank you for sharing these posts because I always learn something!

    Have a super Sunday, my friend! X

    • I’ve never seen an actual Chrysanthemum stone either — in fact, I’d never heard of one before I started looking for an interesting gemstone to feature here! I think I’ve seen something like it in hobby stores, but I suspect those are made from black glass with the mum painted on them. And you know, if it’s not the REAL stone, it probably doesn’t carry any of the “good stuff” (metaphysical properties) either!

      Glad you found it interesting enough to Google for some more photos. Thank you for telling me that! Obviously, I can’t write everything there is to know about gems in any one post.

      Enjoy the week ahead! xo

    • Glad you asked! I learned the composition of the stone itself is fairly common; it’s the formation that’s rare. The black portion of the stone is limestone (dark-colored because of organic carbon). The “mum” portion is formed by celestine crystals. There, now that’s more than you wanted to know, right?!!

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