THE LAKE SUPERIOR TRIFECTA.
ALL THE MOST COVETED STONES FROM AROUND THE LAKE!
LAKE SUPERIOR AGATE
Agates are a gemstone with a hardness of 7; harder than Basalt or Rhyolite. Beautiful banding, varied patterns, and eye-catching colors unique to each agate are created by quartz with small amounts of different elements. Red bands are the result of the rusting of iron within the agate when exposed to oxygen. These gemstones can be found on many Lake Superior beaches throughout the states of Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.
Properties: Good for security, strength, to raise energy and to enhance personal courage and calming.
Thomsonite is a very unique stone only found on a small 6-mile stretch of beach on the North Shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota. Thomsonite is formed like agates through water percolation into petrified bubbles in the basalt. Thomsonite is much rarer than an agate. It is even considered a semiprecious stone by some. Look for an “iris” of pale green and radiating circles or “veins” of pink.
Properties: Aids clarity of thought.
The “official state gem” of Michigan. It is a variety of the mineral pumpellyite with a turtleback pattern and occurs as amygdaloid structures and fracture fillings in basalt. When water and wave action wear away the basalt, greenstone beach pebbles and granules remain in loose sediments. Although it is a rare mineral, it is found in the Keweenaw Peninsula of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and Isle Royal in the northern part of Lake Superior.
Properties: Enhances harmony and cooperation in relationships as well as personal healing.
Cabs by Bob Wright.