Flowerstone

Beautiful Flowerstone cabochon from Tommy Lay, the first piece I self-collected and got worked by a professional.

Flowerstone cabochon by Tommy Lay.

Flowerstone  (also known as Chrysanthemum Stone, Snowflake Stone and is similar to Chinese Writing Rock and Rice Rock) is a gabbro porphyry of feldspar crystals usually in basalt that shows a distinct flower pattern.

When the feldspar crystals are well-developed, Flowerstone is a rock unlike any other. Its crystal petals bloom and reflect the beauty of British Columbian nature. They are thought to have blossomed in an explosion, creating the flower shape of the crystals bursting in all directions.

Flowerstone is found only in some places on Vancouver Island and in Japan. Texada Island was known for its supply but has since put a moratorium on mining it. It is still permitted for rockhounders to remove Flowerstone by hand but is found very rarely.

Flowerstone ranges in crystal development. Classic pieces are flurries of white flowers on a black background, but some have just a few flowers on a gray background, some have flowers in different colours and some resemble pieces of rice, snowflakes or lettering.

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  23 comments for “Flowerstone

  1. Marion Thomson
    March 18, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    Found a lovely variety of colors and sizes on Saratoga Beach, Vancouver Island.

  2. Trina K Ireland
    July 10, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    Can you polish flowerstone or is it too soft?

    • Miles
      December 28, 2020 at 4:45 pm

      It polishes very well

      • Liz
        December 29, 2020 at 3:10 pm

        How? Mine spent over a month in tumbler.

    • Liz
      December 29, 2020 at 3:09 pm

      I tried but none came out nice. Think I will have to varnish. Unless someone has a better idea….. please!!!

      • Gus
        March 19, 2021 at 5:36 pm

        Has to be mechanically polished not tumbled

      • Candice
        February 16, 2022 at 5:39 pm

        I give most of my rocks a quick spray of Krylon matte clear coat!
        Then they always appear like when you found them wet.

      • Candice
        February 16, 2022 at 5:46 pm

        p.s. put them on waxed paper to spray, when dry turn over & repeat, use a light hand or they’ll sit in a puddle of spray

        Also, I’ve found mine in Vermont

    • June 13, 2021 at 11:22 am

      Hi I am interested

  3. Christy Warren
    July 18, 2019 at 5:18 pm

    I have found some here in Alaska!!! Can you polish it??

    • July 28, 2019 at 6:38 pm

      Yes you can polish it

    • Young-Ho Chaye
      September 15, 2019 at 7:17 am

      Hi Christy,
      Amazing! Pictures to share?

  4. Ruth Rogers
    March 24, 2020 at 8:52 am

    I found some flowerstone on Whidbey Island at Ebey Landing.
    It’s my treasure😊
    ruthrogers50@comcast.net

  5. Eric Gregory
    May 13, 2020 at 10:00 am

    I found a beauty near shawnigan lake on Vancouver Island. Thinking they may have spiritual significance. I had an out of body experience falling asleep last night with the stone beside me. Maybe a coincidence, but that hasn’t happened to me for many years.

  6. Ian Martinez
    August 28, 2020 at 11:52 pm

    I found a one in Alaska as well.
    Its a bit different but looks the same.

  7. Corrie
    October 18, 2020 at 10:12 pm

    It’s is a basalt, it can’t also be a gabbro; one or the other please. It is a aphanitic with feldspar phenocrysts.

  8. Gus
    March 19, 2021 at 5:38 pm

    I found the mother load on texada island,

    • R
      May 4, 2021 at 4:24 pm

      Gus, would you be willing to contact me about this? I’d like a small specimen for my collection. box2850@hotmail.com

    • Cathy
      July 12, 2021 at 7:15 pm

      Can you tell me where , we are going this week to Texada to search for them

      • Gus
        July 31, 2021 at 6:38 am

        Ah this is the million dollar question,message me ckallergis@hotmail.com

  9. Luis
    April 6, 2021 at 10:55 am

    I found mine in Arizona in my neighborhood in phoenix

    • Lori
      April 9, 2022 at 12:44 am

      Yes you can tumble it as well, mine came out very nicely

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