Good morning everyone, welcome to this week’s Crystal Thursday. We are taking a look at a conglomerate called Pudding Stone. To avoid confusion this stone is also spelled as a single word, If you are from or ever lived in Northern Michigan the word is pronounced “Puddin’ Stone.”
My original post was back on November 24, 2017. Like most of my early posts it didn’t tell the reader much of anything, but finding anything out about Pudding Stone is not easy. The few sources of information either repeated what I already know or contradicted every other source. So I will do my best to share something you didn’t already know about this stone.
As I mentioned Pudding Stone is a conglomerate, which simply means it is made up of a bunch of small things that came together to form a bigger thing; while still being able to identify its separate parts. How they were created is kind of an interesting story. All nature needs to make these lovely stones are moving water, an assortment of crystals and minerals, some nice sedimentary material, an Ice Age and lots of time, according to my research, between 1 – 2 Billion years worth.
The process begins with crystals and minerals tumbling in the moving water of a lake shore, river or creek, wearing down their sharp edges. In time they clump together and come to rest in sedimentary material that dries up. It’s possible the lake goes shallow or river dries up or relocates as they sometimes do. This is where time and an ice age are required. The Ice Age comes in, cools and compresses the material into nice solid pieces. As the ice flow melts and moves the stones break and get dropped in sizes from small pieces you can hold to massive boulders you’d need some real muscle and machines to move.
Pudding Stone can be found all over the world. A couple of the countries are India, and Australia. Although there are two real good places for finding them and they are in the United States and Canada around the Great Lakes going east and as far south as Kentucky. The other is in England. I’ve never been to England but I understand the best places to find these stones are in the area of Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire. One source also mentioned the London Basin. If someone from England could verify locations that would be cool.
I searched and searched for who found and used the stone first but that was not successful. With some minerals and crystals use began so long ago that records may not have been kept. I do know that Pudding Stone is largely decorative. I’ve seen a few really lovely pendants and having a beautiful piece in your home is nice and quite the conversation starter.
I spent several years living in Northern Michigan and it’s not uncommon to find houses, walls and garden decorations built with Pudding Stone. One of my favorite things to do was drive country roads and look for washes and dry creek beds where we could find Pudding and Petoskey Stones. My yard was full of them. I brought a couple of my favorites with me when I left but it was so sad to leave the rest behind.
An interesting bit of information is that each piece is different; from the crystals and minerals in the stone to the sediment holding them together. Even regionally they are different. A Pudding Stone found in Northern Michigan is going to be completely different from one found in New Jersey. The types of material often found in these stones are various kinds of Jaspers, Quartz, Hematite, Chert, Shale and Slate. On the very, very rare occasion Pudding Stones have been found with precious gems and metals in them, but as I said that’s a rare find! The binding material is often a quartz based sand but that can vary from location to location as well.
Now to the fun stuff, the metaphysical properties Pudding Stone has to offer.
They are a fairly high yet smooth energy stones because they contain a combination of several brought together by nature; each one adding its own energy and qualities to the whole. Because of this I feel it’s difficult to say with any certainty what particular chakra a stone may resonate with. Chances are it could be more than one or all of them. I couldn’t find a Mohs scale association but not having a test kit of my own my best guess is between a 5 or 6. Pudding Stone is dense and heavier than they appear.
The same situation applies to the metaphysical and healing qualities. They can vary depending on the combination of the stones within an individual piece, but in my research I did find a few overlapping qualities from one source to another, and they are:
- They help relieve stress and anxiety.
- They help ease depression.
- They help you remember dreams.
- They help with astral travel.
- They help improve clarity and imagination.
- They help improve psychic ability.
- They are a wonderful meditation aide.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this brief look at Pudding Stone. If its qualities resonate with you I encourage you to purchase a piece and work with it. Keep in mind I am not a doctor and sharing the healing qualities of this stone is in no way giving medical advice. Working with it can help but if you are ill see your medical practitioner of choice.
Until Next Time…
Blessed Be ❤ Sharon