China Picture Stone

International gem trading means that sometimes things might get altered in translation. The Chinese call a stone that looks extremely similar to this “Chinese Painting Jasper,” while the Mexican cutters of this stone call it “China Picture Stone.”  While stones with this mineral content are not rare, the ones with interesting landscape images are: I spent a long time sorting through lesser stones to find these. I suspect that these stones are not extremely hard, so they should not be used in rings or belt buckles.

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