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Canadian "Fairy Stones" (Fairy Stones)

The Alonquin Indians, inhabitants of the Quebec region in Canada, call these unusual calcite formations fairy stones, because an old tradition from the region says that these stones formed by nature are messengers of love and good luck. Therefore, the beautiful fairy stones are often venerated as a gift from the heart to a loved one or a good friend. The legend says further that with the fairy stones also health, prosperity and luck are handed over; therefore the Aloquin already carry the Fairy Stones for many centuries as a lucky charm e.g. on the hunt with itself.

The Canadian Fairy Stones were formed about 10,000 years ago at the bottom of large glacial lakes and consist largely of calcium carbonate (CaCO3), calcite. The fancy shapes, which look like they were created by an artist, are exclusively the work of Mother Nature:

After the long, cold Canadian winters, countless colonies of tiny creatures awoke from their winter torpor every spring and grew rapidly due to the steadily rising water temperature. Then, at the end of summer, this trend reversed and the microorganisms lapsed back into their winter torpor.

In the course of the years the colonies of the microorganisms became so ever larger and on a deposition layer followed the next; this explains the emergence of the concentric circles and the lines, which look like figures - can you discover mother and child, a face, an angel, hares, fish, turtles or even a Buddha?

Found the fairy stones in a very lonely area on the beach of some lakes in Abitibi, near Quebec in western Canada. There, a couple has dedicated itself to collecting the fairy stones and goes every year in search of new, fascinating messengers of love. The stones are not treated, but only carefully freed by hand from sand and dirt.