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Gyokka-seki ( 玉鹿石 )

Gyokka-seki ( 玉鹿石 ) in Japan

In Japan, there is another discriminating stone which can be suitable as ornamental purposes.

The name of stone is Gyokka-seki ( 玉鹿石 ).

It is difficult to explain the meaning of Japanese name, but literally means of Gyokka-seki is Pearl(Gem) Deer Stone.

Since 玉鹿石 consists of three words.

The first is 玉 which means Pearl or Gem.

Second is 鹿 which means deer.

Third is 石 which means Stone.

So, they become Pearl(Gem) Deer Stone if combining them as a word‐for‐word translation.

Or, a white-spotted pattern stone may be the English name by liberal translation since the name of 玉鹿石 seems to be caused by the its pattern.

Characteristics of Gyokka-seki are multi-layer jasper or iron quartz and granules about 0.5mm(0.02inch) to 1.5mm(0.06ich) in diameter in the layers. The core of the granules is hydroxide minerals and it is coated by silica. The pattern which looks like a white-spotted pattern is caused by the granules.

The following photo is polished Gyokka-seki:
Gyokka-seki, 玉鹿石(ぎょっかせき)

You can see granules:
Gyokka-seki, 玉鹿石(ぎょっかせき)

And from another photo, you can see granules around a line which looks like the veins of a leaf:

Gyokka-seki, 玉鹿石(ぎょっかせき)

Gyokka-seki, 玉鹿石(ぎょっかせき)

Gyokka-seki, 玉鹿石(ぎょっかせき)

I am not sure that this kind of structure is common in the world, however, assume that it is rare.

Since Gyokka-seki is designated as a natural treasure by Aomori prefecture, excavating new one is prohibited. However, the price of Gyokka-seki is not so high although it doesn't have a lot of marketplace circulation.

From my perspective, it is because the color of Gyokka-seki is not so bright and unpopular.

This is a side story, but Gyokka-seki is mined in Kanagi which was a town located in Kitatsugaru District in western Aomori Prefecture, Japan.

Kanagi was also known as the birthplace of famed author Osamu Dazai (太宰 治, June 19, 1909 ? June 13, 1948) who was a Japanese author and considered one of the foremost fiction writers of 20th-century Japan.

Dazai drowned themselves in the rain-swollen Tamagawa Canal near his house in 1948. At the place, currently in Mitaka, Tokyo, Gyokka-seki which was delivered from Kanagi is set for his monument.