A 350 million-year-old fossil now used in jewelry and a variety of artistic applications
How to finish a Petoskey stone by hand. Required items: 1 tub with water 120, 220, 400, 2000 grit sandpaper. Sand the stone with the lower grit sandpaper papers to get the stone perfectly smooth with no imperfections visible on a dry stone. Use the higher sandpaper to smooth and then polish the stone to a shine.
Tips to finding the rare petoskey stone, only found in northern Michigan! Can't seem to find those petoskey stones? Watch this video to figure how to find petoskey stones!
Petoskey stones, found in the upper Great Lakes region, are fossilized coral that have a unique pattern when wet. While these stones can be polished to bring out the pattern, we've found an easier way by coating with Amazing Clear Cast by Alumilite. Once cured, you have a high gloss, highly durable coating that reveals each stones unique pattern.
It's a fossil, a legend, a gemstone and a city. Discover this unique variety of Hexagonaria thanks to Michigan's rich oil fields.
Greenwood Cemetery in Petoskey hosts regular historic tours, called "Petoskey Stones Speak," that feature actors and actresses portraying significant people from the past who have helped shape Emmet County. The 2013 tours take place Aug. 9-10, and in this video, two of the actors involved share some insights into what the public can expect. To register for the tours, call (231) 347-6531.
This is 15 years of rock picking in Michigan, both lower and Upper Peninsula. Don't judge me, I like doing weird shit like collecting stones, lol.
This is just a video outlining some of the process that I use when polishing Petoskey Stones... Beware of spinning wheels and flying rocks especially if you don't have safety glasses.