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Leland Blue Stone Jewelry for Those Who Love Northern Michigan

Everybody loves jewelry but many people like to wear jewelry which does more than looking good, it also makes a statement and so perhaps the people from Northern Michigan are lucky in so far as there is jewelry that looks not only good but also says loud and clear, “I am from Michigan.” That piece of jewelry which means that though is not one specific piece but a wide selection of jewelry pieces provided they include a Leland Blue Stone. About Leland Blue Stones Leland Blue is unique to Michigan and in particular to the area surrounding Leland where in the 1800s there was a large iron smelting industry. During the smelting process, impurities are burnt out of the iron...

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5 Unique Michigan Stones & Where To Find Them

Lake Superior and Lake Michigan both provide some of the most unique gemstones known for local jewelers, artists, and rockhounds. Handmade Michigan jewelry has become a cottage industry in the towns and cities along the Great Lakes. Much of this industry is focused on the popular gemstones of the area. This jewelry is as unique as the snowflakes that fall there in the winter. Just as no snowflake is the same as another, each handmade piece of Michigan jewelry is unique.  Each stone is known for its unique qualities and we've covered five favorites!   Petoskey Stone Photo Credit: Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau For instance, the Petoskey Stone, Michigan’s “state stone” named as such in 1965, is a coral fossil. These...

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What Is A Puddingstone & Where Do You Find It?

Puddingstone is a conglomerate consisting of sharply contrasting by color pebbles of a round shape encircled by sandy or cement surrounding. It is also known by the names of pudding stone, plumb-pudding stone. In New Zealand, it is known as Puddingstone rock. It has been called so for its visual resemblance to the plum pudding or Christmas pudding (or a raisin). Puddingstones date way back to the Huronian Period of the Proterozoic Era. Puddingstones are believed to be one of the rarest rocks in the world, although, it can rather easily be found in some places on the planet. The rock appears in a great variety of sizes from just a few inches to several feet. Appearance and History It...

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Leland Blue Stone: Michigan's History & Where To Find One

Are you a treasure hunter who's seeking some of Michigan's unique beach stones? Perhaps, you're walking along the lake with your head down, and you notice a distinctive blue colored rock. You pick it up, pull out your smartphone to help identify the stone, and low and behold you determine this treasure to be a Leland Blue Stone! Now you have a beautiful stone that can be added to your rock collection or used to create Leland Blue jewelry. What is a Leland Blue Stone? Leland Blue Stone is not a stone. It is slag, a by-product of smelting iron ore.  During a short period, time from 1870 to 1885, iron ore was mined in Northern Michigan, and shipped to a...

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What Is A Petoskey Stone? Facts, Legend, & Polishing

A Petoskey Stone is a combination of a rock and a fossil which was living during the Devonian period. After this period, the glacial ice would loosen stones from the bedrock and having ground off their edges and polished them, deposit them on what is now the Northwestern portion of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. Appearance   Although when these stones are dry, they resemble regular limestone, when they are wet or polished they display a pattern which reveals six-sided coral fossils. In the area as the Petoskey Stones are found, other fossilized corals have been found including some with complete coral colony heads which had been fossilized. The stones are often polished to make uniquely decorated objects such as Petoskey Stone jewelry. The...

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