Group of 5 concretions
Lot 2192¤
Collection of Calcite Glacial Stone Concretions—"Fairy Stones"
US$ 400 - 600
£240 - 360
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Collection of Calcite Glacial Stone Concretions—"Fairy Stones"
Harricana River, Northern Quebec Province, Canada
A phenomenon specific to Northern Quebec—a type of pseudomorph—these concretions were formed when calcium carbonate settled into glacial clay at the bottom of very big lakes of glacial origin. They were subsequently carried by the water and deposited on the shores of certain lakes and rivers. The irregular lines on some stones are caused by the traces left by miniature worms or organic remains which were fossilized millions of years ago.

The Algonquin Indians of Northern Quebec called them "Fairy Stones" for hundreds of years. When the first Indians came up the river towards Abitibi, a stop on the beaches made them notice the presence of these strange stones which looked like ''biscuits''. This is the reason they named the river ''Harricana'' meaning ''river of the biscuits'' in the Algonquin language.

The Indians had a variety of uses for them including serving as lucky charms when they went on fishing or hunting expeditions. Lovers offered the most beautiful examples to their loved ones and the biggest specimens occupied a place of honor in their homes to assure protection against the evil spirits.

Molded by nature, each stone is one-of-a-kind, with a unique personality. Length of longest: in
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