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Handicrafts made of chrysanthemum stones in China's Hubei

Xinhua)  10:27, January 13, 2013

Craftsmen carry away a finished handicraft made of chrysanthemum stone in a workshop in Enshi, central China's Hubei Province, Jan. 12, 2013.(Xinhua/Song Wen)

"Chrysanthemum stone", a type of mineral technically named caloareous clay slate, is transparent black with white blotches inside like blooming chrysanthemums. Its surface is hard but smooth. The stone deposit was only found in some parts of China. Enshi is among the places mining this rare stone, and thus dozens of stone processing workshops have been established, where sculptors will carve every stone into different pattern or form according to the shape and location of the white calcite, thus all stone sculptures are unique in its own ways.

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