Stone of the Month 当月赏石 March

“Once in a Lifetime” (Ichigo Ichie)”


This elegant shaped, black basaltic stone was found on a beach in Denmark in 2005 by Yvonne Graubaek. It is a completely natural stone whose black color contrasted with the common gray stones on the beach. Graubaek felt a sense of quiet, soft calmness and a feeling of happiness when she viewed this stone.  These feelings occurred on the day she collected the stone and they continue to the present. The feelings that this stone generates when viewed is extraordinary.  Graubaek personally carved the hardwood base for this stone. Her modern style base beautifully matches the shape of the stone. She had a Paulownia box made for this stone in Japan.  The name comes from the rare opportunity to find a stone of this caliber.

“Once in a Lifetime” was exhibited at the European Suiseki Association’s 2011 convention in Prague, Czeck Republic. It was given the best foreign category award in the exhibition. The stone is 17cm wide, 7.5 cm high and 11 cm deep.



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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 in China. 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

Queirolo, L. 2017.

XIX Associazione Italiana Amatori Suiseki Congresso Nazionale—Edizione 2016 (XIX AIAS Annual Congress 2016 Edition)

AIAS, Sarzana, Italy. 136 pages. No ISBN number. 25 Euros.

This important reference serves to document the work and events of the AIAS while providing the global stone appreciation community with type and quality of stones displayed during their 2016 convention.

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Featured Article  专题

What is a Viewing Stone?

For purposes of argument, let’s say that a viewing stone is a rock, intimate in scale, that has been selected and displayed for the purpose of aesthetic appreciation.

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New! Contemporary Stone Showcase

We are starting an international dialogue about contemporary displays that will help to promote stone appreciation.

Mountain Retreat

by Tom Elias






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