There is probably nothing which displays a love for or in Michigan more than a beautiful piece of jewelry made from Petoskey Stone. Although there are other stones which can be used for jewelry which are found in Michigan, it is Petoskey Stones which are the only ones which are unique to Michigan and therefore as a gift, they show a common love for the State, its environment and its history. That is why handmade Petoskey stone necklaces are becoming the must-have gift for Michigan lovers.
The History Of Petoskey Stones & Where To Find
Petoskey Stones are ideal as jewelry pieces not only because they are uniquely from Michigan but also because they are beautiful with their mottled colors displaying the fossilized coral inside. The history of these unique rocks started millions of years ago in Canada. It was the glacial action in Canada which first wrenched these stones from the ground. After hundreds of years of the glacial ice grinding, the stones and taking away their sharp edges, the glacier finally deposited the stones in the Great Lakes which are located between Canada and the United States. Although the glaciers did deposit other similar stones to Petoskey Stones in the Great Lakes, whereas the others can be found on many of the lake shores, Petoskey Stones only seem to wash ashore on Michigan’s Lower Peninsula which is another reason why they are considered to be unique.
Unique Patterns & Polishing
Petoskey Stones are a combination of rock and fossil and although similar combinations can be found, what sets the Petoskey Stones apart from the rest is that they contain the fossils of a six-sided coral and that gives it a distinct pattern which when polished is ideal for jewelry or ornaments. These stones, as well as others, only look their best when they are polished but they do not get polished in the normal fashion but rather in the same ways as gems like emeralds and opals, by a lapidarist. A lapidarist is a professional gem polisher who grinds and cuts the stones before polishing them. A lapidarist is though different from a diamond cutter even if they may often be mistaken for one as diamonds need even more specialized knowledge and tools than a typical lapidarist would usually have.
Petoskey Stone Jewelry
Once a lapidarist has polished a Petoskey Stone, it can be used in many kinds of jewelry. One of the most beloved items or at least one of the most popular jewelry pieces it is used for is a necklace. A typical Petoskey necklace, as well as being threaded with a genuine leather cord will have real silver additions inserted into the stone and may include some ornamental rings to complete a beautiful and unique look. As the leather cord on these necklaces can be cut to any size, they offer variety in how they are worn. This provides the potential for the wearer to not only have a unique necklace but also to wear it in their own unique way. As the Petoskey Stones are unique to Michigan, these necklaces also say loud and clear “I love Michigan”.