It's a fossil, a legend, a gemstone and a city. Discover this unique variety of Hexagonaria thanks to Michigan's rich oil fields.
A 350 million-year-old fossil now used in jewelry and a variety of artistic applications
Michigan Is the Petoskey Stone. Formed by fossilized colonial coral and brought to the shores of the Great Lakes through glaciation, the Petoskey Stone is unlike any other in the world.
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.
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.
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.
Finally found my elusive stones on the stony beaches between Charlevoix and Petoskey, Michigan
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!
The Petoskey Area is home to the popular Michigan state stone, the Petoskey Stone. Find out where to look for them on your next visit.
The Petoskey stone that President Obama keeps on his desk in the oval office comes from Bailey's Place in Petoskey. For the full story: http://www.upnorthlive.com/news/story.aspx?id=850849#.UQGw5x1EGSo Subscribe to our channel!