The Basalt Collection by Jan Smith Cairn Necklace with Adjustable Leather Cord
A cairn is a man-made pile (or stack) of stones raised for a purpose, usually as a marker or as a burial mound. The word cairn comes from the Scottish Gaelic: càrn [ˈkʰaːrˠn̪ˠ] (plural càirn [ˈkʰaːrˠɲ]).
Cairns have been and are used for a broad variety of purposes. In prehistoric times, they were raised as markers, as memorials and as burial monuments (some of which contained chambers). In modern times, cairns are often raised as landmarks, especially to mark the summits of mountains. Cairns are also used as trail markers. They vary in size from small stone markers to entire artificial hills, and in complexity from loose conical rock piles to elaborate megalithic structures.
Lake Superior Beach Stone Jewelry
“Basalt is by far one of the most common rocks you will find on Lake Superior’s North Shore beaches. Basalt is one of the four rock-types that make up the basement bedrock of the earth’s crust.” The Rock Picker’s Guide to Lake Superior’s North Shore by Mark Sparky Stensaas
Described as smooth, strong and peaceful, especially when warmed by the sun or the skin, basalt carries the magic of Lake Superior in its core.
Plus – it looks good and feels good to wear.
Jan drills these iconic stones on her kitchen table and crafts them into delightful wearables. She says that her biggest challenge is finding matching small ones for her popular earrings.
You can carry the magic, peace and power of Lake Superior with you when you adorn yourself (or a loved one) with a piece of Jan’s jewelry.