Use this Michigan Memorabilia/Keepsake Box for all your small treasures. Featuring natural stones, minerals and artifacts from the Great Lakes State.
This 6.25″ x 4.25″ x 4″ keepsake box is made of Black Walnut and lined on the inside bottom with green felt. The top is designed and constructed by the artisan and features the State of Michigan depicted in stone.
The lower peninsula is cut from Petoskey Stone, a 3.5 million year old fossil coral and Michigan State Stone.
The Upper Peninsula is cut from your choice of 2 stones. Kona Dolomite, a pink to red stone found near Marquette. Kona contains Stromatolites, 2.1 billion year old alge. Verde Antique Marble is a green stone, as shown on left, with gray veins and comes from the Ropes Gold Mine near Ishpeming. The now closed mine was the only producing gold mine in Michigan.
The Mackinaw Bridge is made from a copper nugget found in the Keewenaw.
A new Michigan Quarter and Lake Superior Agate are included.
This Michigan Petoskey Stone Memorabilia/Keepsake Box is perfect for a housewarming or hostess gift. Also makes a beautiful and unique gift for graduation, groomsmen gift, birthday, fathers day, retirement, anniversary, or new job.
Because the artwork of each box is made of natural materials, it is a one of a kind item; however, the general design and composition of materials will be consistent.
Petoskey Stones are masses of fossil colony coral, Hexagonaria percarinata. They occur abundantly in Devonian about 350 million years ago.
Coral groups weathered out of the limestone were widely scattered by Pleistocene glacial action. They are readily found on beaches and in gravel deposits as pebbles and cobbles rounded by erosion. Petoskey is the English adaptation of either “Be-dos-e-gay” or “Petosegay,” an Ottawa Indian word and variant meaning “sun rays of the dawn.”
Michigan was extensively resurfaced by glaciers during the Pleistocene (the last 1.6 million years), and as part of this process, moving glaciers plucked up pieces of the bedrock and carried them along, smoothing and rounding them in transport. This accounts for the regular shapes of Petoskey Stones found today.