The Fairy Stones of Hurricane River have seen in the past that in concretions, the precipitation of minerals around particles generally takes spherical or oval shapes, as in the case of Klerksdorp Spheres and Moeraki Boulders. Pearls, another good example of concretions, can also take rare shapes.
The fairy stones are made of fine sand and clay, solidified by nature.  The originality and forms of these stones are a phenomenon unique to Northern Quebec, particularly on the bottom of the big lakes with a glacier origin.
In the Harricana River valley in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue administrative region of Quebec, Canada, concretions occur as flat discs, smooth on one side and puffed up on the other with stunning patterns. They were shaped over thousands of years by the deposition of calcium carbonate over trifling pebbles and fossils.
This was called “Fairy Stones” for hundreds of years, and people used to carry them as fortunate charms when they went on fishing or hunting expeditions. The irregular lines on the stones are caused by the traces left by miniature worms or organic remains that were fossilized thousands of years ago.
It is believed that wearing a fairy stone would protect them against bad spirits and bring them good prosperity and health. However, geologists believe that fairy stones may have formed under a glacier that recoiled thousands of years ago. Then they were carried by the water and deposited along the shores of certain lakes and rivers. Hence, one of the main rivers where fairy stones are found is the Harricana River, the second-longest river in Canada.
The name “Harricana” came from the Algonquin word Nanikana, which means “the river of biscuits.” Biscuit refers to the unusual flat stones, sand, limestone, and clay concretions that are found in the river, called Pierres de fée or “fairy stones. A less romanticized version says Nanikana means “the main way”.
These stones are frequently found in soft deposits underclay. The rounded, puffed-up shapes come from the growing face that is face down in the clay, whereas the tops are weathered even by the retreating glacier and water. These are lying in the mud; they look like normal flat stones, but turn them over and you will be amazed to see many different shapes and formations, as each fairy stone is unique.
These stones have been valued for a long time by the native community that lives around these stones’ birthplace. These stones have a strong link to the nurturing energies of the earth’s mother.  It can help teach you to care for and have concern for the planet and all those upon it. 

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Fairy Stones of Hurricane river have seen in the past that concretions the precipitation of minerals around particles generally take spherical shapes
Fairy Stones of Hurricane river have seen in the past that concretions, the precipitation of minerals around particles generally take spherical shapes

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  1. Hi there,
    I’m planning a trip this summer to go to try and find some fairy stones on the Harricana River and I’m trying to find a name for a location to start at. I’ve been looking online etc. but nothing I’m finding gives a address as to where to start at. If you could help me with that Id really apreicate it. This will be my first time going rock or gem hunting and I’m very excited but I’m stressed to find a staring point on the river or places i can park and walk around along the edges. I’m sure once i get there Ill see something but just the worry of no starting point is scary lol. Take care and Thank you very much.


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