Unique Cabochons and Stone Jewelry - Stone Treasures by the Lake
Stone Treasures by the Lake - Unique Cabochons and Stone Jewelry
Welcome to my online stone cabochons and stone jewelry shop! Each of my stones were handcrafted to be a one-of-a-kind treasure!
Stone Treasures by the Lake offers a large variety of Unique Cabochons and Stone Jewelry. Plenty of Michigan Petoskey Stone Cabochons and Petoskey Stone Jewelry too! There are many Lake Michigan Stones and Lake Superior Stones available as well as a diverse assortment of stones from Michigan and around the world. My family and I find many of the rough Petoskey Stones, Lake Michigan and Lake Superior stones ourselves but I also purchase rough stones and slabs from others. All my cabochons are cut and shaped with my own hands using lapidary tools.
My unique, online, Michigan Stone Cabochons and Stone Jewelry shop offers a variety of loose, designer cabochon stones including Petoskey Stones and Lake Superior Agates. These stones are for wire wrap, jewelry artists, jewelry designer, silversmiths or anyone who just loves stones. Since not everyone is a jewelry artist, I have created handcrafted stone jewelry to display my treasures. I am a self-taught silversmith and have placed my designer stones in custom silver, brass, copper and bronze settings. Commercially available settings with handcrafted cabochons are also available.
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Petoskey Stone Cabochon
Petoskey Stone Jewelry
About Petoskey Stones
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.
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.