Stone of the Month 当月赏石 January

“Buddha’s Hand"


Standing 17 cm (6.7 inches) high, this beautiful, natural stone conveys a strong feeling of movement as the finger-like grooves curve gently to the left. The concept of movement is frequently discussed and highly valued in bonsai styling, but is not often discussed as a feature of quality viewing stones. The appearance of movement in stone can result from a folding movement caused by intense heat and pressure. This stone, however, was formed by another totally different process. That is the mineralization or petrifaction of an object. In this case, a petrified elephant or mammoth tooth was the object of transformation. Regardless of how it was formed, this specimen makes an excellent viewing stone, one that appears to be full of energy. This hand- or flame-shaped stone rests on a pedestal style base. It is in the private collection of Zhou Zheng Rong in Shanghai.


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Classroom  课堂

Welcome to our New “Classroom!”

This section provides an opportunity to learn more about stone appreciation through the use of our new videos and published articles. The Classroom also contains useful information for stone enthusiasts starting with a Guide to Stone Markets and Shops in China and Japan. Each month, additional videos, articles and other information will be available to help people along on their path to becoming stone connoisseurs.

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Featured Book Review 推荐书的评

Mari, Roberto. 2008.


Giunti Editore S.p.A., Florence and Milan. 64 pages, ISBN 978-88-09-06308-2. Nine Euros.

The Nanjing Rain Flower pebbles, famous for their colors and patterns, were among the first stones collected and appreciated as aesthetic objects.

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Featured Article  专题

Ten Views of a Lingbi Stone 

A rich stone appreciation culture was well established in China by the Ming dynasty (1368-1644).



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New! Contemporary Stone Showcase


Displaying large stones can be challenging. A hand carved base can be costly, at least several hundred dollars.


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