Basalt, typically, is black in color and maybe… depending on the mood, carries hints of blue. These stones have a distinct green tone to them which is also very common but not stones that I use in my work too often. I like the earthiness of these stones and thought they looked good when grouped together. Carry a little beach on you (instead of in your pockets, like me) with this artfully designed necklace that is truly a statement piece.
Basalt is by far the most common rocks you will find on Lake Superior’s North Shore beaches. It is one of the four rock-types that make up the basement bedrock of the earth’s crust. Basically it is lava that cooled quickly on the surface. Each one has a distinctive shape and in a variety of shades of color from blush-black to grey. That quick cooling is what caused it to be dense, very fine grained (tiny crystals) and smooth – although the smooth surface is also due to glacial grinding & Gitche Gumee tossing it about for eons. That Basalt rock you hold in your hand (or wear on your body) is over a billion years old!