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The Petoskey stone was named for Chief Pet-O-Sega, an Ottawa Indian Chief. According to legend, Chief Petosegay was the child of Antoine Carre (a descendant of French nobleman and fur trader) and an Ottawa princess. Petosegay which means “rising sun”, “rays of dawn” or “sunbeams of promise" was named after the rays of sun that fell upon his newborn face. Living up to his promising name, Petosegay became a wealthy fur trader and acquired a substantial amount of land and acclaim for himself and his tribe. He was very attractive and spoke fluent English. He married another Ottawa and together they had two daughters and eight sons. In the summer of 1873, a few years before the chief’s passing, a city began on his land along Little Traverse Bay. The settlers christened the newborn city Petoskey, an English form of Petosegay.
In 1965, the Petoskey Stone became the state stone of Michigan.
Petoskey Stones are rocks and a fossils, often pebble-shaped, that is composed of a fossilized rugose coral, Hexagonaria percarinata. Petoskey stones were formed as a result of glaciation. During the Ice Age, sheets of ice pulled stones from the bedrock, grinding off their rough edges and deposited them in the northern 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. 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.
Wearing Petoskey Stone jewelry stimulates the third-eye and the intuitive center of the inner self. It guides one towards psychic awareness and enhances the awareness of the emotional realm. Energizes the crown Chakra and the third-eye. Petoskey stone wards off infections and prevents mischievous spirits from channeling incorrect information. Promotes the actualization of creative endeavors and dissipates negativity..