Now as my son is now raising twin girls of his own, my sister Gail is coming to meet them, and I imagine we will reminisce about a shared childhood so long ago.I can't wait!
|Petoskey stone and sterling silver necklace by Ruth Shapiro|
* A Petoskey stone is a rock and a fossil, often pebble-shaped, that is composed of a fossilized coral, Hexagonaria percarinata. The stones were formed as a result of glaciation, in which sheets of ice plucked stones from the bedrock, grinding off their rough edges and depositing them in the northwestern portion of Michigan's lower peninsula.
Petoskey stones are found in the Gravel Point Formation of the Traverse Group. They are fragments of a coral reef that was originally deposited during the Devonian period, about 350 million years ago. When dry, the stone resembles ordinary limestone but when wet or polished using lapidary techniques, the distinctive mottled pattern of the six-sided coral fossils emerges. It is sometimes made into decorative objects. Other forms of fossilized coral are also found in the same location.
In 1965, it was named the state stone of Michigan. (Thanks to Wikipedia!)
Petoskey stones resemble Indonesian fossilized coral, which is found with beautiful warm colors of yellow, peach, pink, etc.