Stone: Hag Stone
Cord: Leather with double slip knot (natural grey)
Maximum length: 19 inches
As someone with strong Irish roots, I particularly love Celtic and Druidic lore. That being said, let me introduce you to Hag Stones.
Also known as Fairy Stones, Adder Stones, Keyhole Stones, Holey Stones, Odin Stones, and so on, these stones have been used by ancient cultures across the Ireland, the UK, European Mainland, and even Egypt. They were regarded as HIGHLY magical.
These stones are found near oceans and rivers because they are rocks that have been naturally drilled by strong moving water. As rocks tumble and move within waves or rapids, they erode. Sometimes this erosion pattern leads to a hole that goes entirely through a stone. If humans have had any part in directing the water flow, they are NOT true hag stones.
These curious stones have been prized throughout the centuries and because they are so unique, they are steeped in lore. In some places in the British Isles, for example, they were thought be strongly connected to the Fae. If you closed one eye and looked through the hole, you can see into the Otherworld.
Others have used these stones as strong protection amulets. Since it was widely believed across these ancient cultures that magik cannot work on moving water, these stones (forged from moving water itself) would be worn to guard against nefarious spirits.
Curiously, other cultures called these Adder Stones because they believed them to be the amalgamation of hardened snake saliva occuring from a strange, mystical phenomena of snakes winding themselves into a living ball. (Weird flex.)
WHATEVER you believe, these stones are cool as heck.