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page 18 of the online mineral museum: oddities part 1, little bojis and a concretion
2011-01-12 - 11:11 a.m.
all photos © 2011 by elaine radford
Here are a couple of oddities.
Now, do you really think Peachfront got out of the New Age without
picking up a few Boji stones? C'mon. Not gonna happen. These guys are so charming that you just
can't resist. I'm told that there are lots of Boji-like stones in the American midwest, but
these guys are the trademarked stone from those folks in Kansas. "Bumpies" are male, and smoothies are female. I bought a male
for myself, and later a friend gave me a "mated" pair, so now I have this cute little trio.
I have heard a rumor that if you cut them, there is Pyrite or (alternate rumor) Marcasite inside. No one
I know has cut them, and I'm certainly not going to. I think they're perfect just the way
The second stone is a simple concretion, but its wasp-waisted, well-rounded shape is certainly evocative
of the feminine.
The owners of the former Lofty Notions on Valence Street provided this note with my concretion:
"We gathered these 20,000 year old concretions from Lake Superior. Concretions usually form around
plant or animal matter. These are made of sand, silt, clay, lime, and iron oxide.
An ancient Chippewa legend says that they "were created by the Great Spirit who gave each one a little soul." Some
people feel a light pulsation or heartbeat when holding them. They emit a warm, nurturing, loving energy."
The ladies weren't old, but they were what we'd call "older," and at some point in the early 90s, they
retired to (I believe) North Carolina. Memory fades, but I know it was a place where
the rockhound could actually find stone, instead of mud. New Orleans is many things but a rockhounding
destination it ain't. What was unique about Lofty Notions is that they really concentrated
on unique and different stones, rather than cheap stones. Yes, it's important to have a source of
cheap stones for metaphysical working -- a stone that is going to be wrapped up in a gris-gris bag
and never seen again by human eyes does not need to be expensive or showy to be effective -- but it was
nice to have some truly special and different stones out there too. The name, Lofty Notions, apparently
came because they had a wood-working loft, but when I met them, they'd already closed down the wood-working shop, and they had a
beautiful home/shop filled with special stones everywhere you looked. Truly an inspiration.
Oh, and that bit about each Lake Superior concretion has a little soul? I'm pretty sure that's true of the Boji stones as well.
Pick one up and see what it says. But it might not be all that sweet and Kumbaya. Say something to peeve off
a Boji, and it might just bite!
I will have much more to say on the topic of "oddities" later, as I get to them in the rock cabinet. Stay tuned.
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