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Native people living in the far North in Quebec called them "Fairy Stones" These stones, carved by nature, bring love, health, prosperity and good luck. People offered the most beautiful ones to their beloved and friends. Larger specimens often occupied a place of honor in dwellings. Small ones were worn as a lucky charm.

Commonly known as "clay concretions", the fairy stones consist of calcium carbonate (CaCO3), a mineral called Calcite. Even if fairy stones depict artistic or curious shapes and contours, each one is a pure and unique natural phenomenon, a genuine creation of Mother Nature. They are found in isolated areas, along the shorelines of a few lakes and rivers in Quebec.

They usually occur as small, flat, concentric disks of varying diameters. The juxtaposition of disks produces beautiful natural artworks. The diameter of the concretions varies from 1 to 30 cm; larger specimens are rather rare.

Colonies of microorganisms are responsible for the formation of these concretions. By decomposing organic matter in a clay-rich and anoxic (i.e., oxygen-deficient) environment, microorganisms contribute to the precipitation of calcium carbonate. At springtime, following a long period of winter numbness, colonies of microorganisms reactivate and quickly grow in response to rising ambient temperature. At the end of the summer, the opposite process occurs and microorganisms go back to their state of dormancy. As the years go by, colonies expand and come into contact with each other. This explains how concentric rings and disks are created and mosaics are formed. It is strongly suspected that microorganisms live in symbiosis with roots of some aquatic plants; incidentally, imprints of roots and rootlets are easily distinguishable on one of the two flat surfaces of concretions.

With shapes often suggesting anthropomorphic and zoomorphic stylized figures (mother and child, face, angel, bird, rabbit, turtle, etc.), one can easily imagine that the discovery of fairy stone could only be a fascinating and intriguing experience for the inhabitants of the Far North. Many of these stones remind the artworks of contemporary artists. One can even notice some similarities with Inuit sculptures. 

They remain a source inspiration, fascination and curiosity, not only for earth scientists but also for people looking to expand their knowledge about the world and its array of natural phenomena. Fairy stones truly represent a "must" for everyone to the most serious mineral collector and should thus constitute a classic item of any high quality collection
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  • Information on the effect of crystals and gems on the body have not been evaluated by any medical institue or government body. We cannot guarantee results with any gem or crystal.¬†Gems or crystals are not a replacement for professional medical advice and treatment.
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  • Crystals naturally have inclusions. We take a photo of a sample of each crystal or item, however, do know that the piece you receive will vary from the photograph shown.
  • Due to the energetics of our products, once the item is shipped out we do not offer returns or exchanges.
  • Disclaimer: Information on the effect of crystals and gems on the body have not been evaluated by any medical institue or government body. Full Circle SG cannot guarantee results with any gem or crystal. Gems or crystals are not a replacement for professional medical advice and treatment.
  • Native people living in the far North in Quebec called them "Fairy Stones" These stones, carved by nature, bring love, health, prosperity and good luck. People offered the most beautiful ones to their beloved and friends. Larger specimens often occupied a place of honor in dwellings. Small ones were worn as a lucky charm.

    Commonly known as "clay concretions", the fairy stones consist of calcium carbonate (CaCO3), a mineral called Calcite. Even if fairy stones depict artistic or curious shapes and contours, each one is a pure and unique natural phenomenon, a genuine creation of Mother Nature. They are found in isolated areas, along the shorelines of a few lakes and rivers in Quebec.

    They usually occur as small, flat, concentric disks of varying diameters. The juxtaposition of disks produces beautiful natural artworks. The diameter of the concretions varies from 1 to 30 cm; larger specimens are rather rare.

    Colonies of microorganisms are responsible for the formation of these concretions. By decomposing organic matter in a clay-rich and anoxic (i.e., oxygen-deficient) environment, microorganisms contribute to the precipitation of calcium carbonate. At springtime, following a long period of winter numbness, colonies of microorganisms reactivate and quickly grow in response to rising ambient temperature. At the end of the summer, the opposite process occurs and microorganisms go back to their state of dormancy. As the years go by, colonies expand and come into contact with each other. This explains how concentric rings and disks are created and mosaics are formed. It is strongly suspected that microorganisms live in symbiosis with roots of some aquatic plants; incidentally, imprints of roots and rootlets are easily distinguishable on one of the two flat surfaces of concretions.

    With shapes often suggesting anthropomorphic and zoomorphic stylized figures (mother and child, face, angel, bird, rabbit, turtle, etc.), one can easily imagine that the discovery of fairy stone could only be a fascinating and intriguing experience for the inhabitants of the Far North. Many of these stones remind the artworks of contemporary artists. One can even notice some similarities with Inuit sculptures. 

    They remain a source inspiration, fascination and curiosity, not only for earth scientists but also for people looking to expand their knowledge about the world and its array of natural phenomena. Fairy stones truly represent a "must" for everyone to the most serious mineral collector and should thus constitute a classic item of any high quality collection
    Shipping
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    Delivery

    Local Delivery estimated between  and

    Will usually ship within 1 business day.
  • Crystals are unique. Gems and crystals are natural products and may vary in size, shape and color. They may look different from the images shown on this website.
  • Information on the effect of crystals and gems on the body have not been evaluated by any medical institue or government body. We cannot guarantee results with any gem or crystal.¬†Gems or crystals are not a replacement for professional medical advice and treatment.
  • We do our best to take photos of our crystals in natural light.
  • Crystals naturally have inclusions. We take a photo of a sample of each crystal or item, however, do know that the piece you receive will vary from the photograph shown.
  • Due to the energetics of our products, once the item is shipped out we do not offer returns or exchanges.
  • Disclaimer: Information on the effect of crystals and gems on the body have not been evaluated by any medical institue or government body. Full Circle SG cannot guarantee results with any gem or crystal. Gems or crystals are not a replacement for professional medical advice and treatment.
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