Hag Stone Pendants

A hag stone, or adder stone, is any stone with a natural hole through it.

 

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Hag Stone Pendants

A hag stone, or adder stone, is any stone with a natural hole through it. These are sold as pendant only, unstrung.

There are technically a few types of hag stones. Traditionally, a hag stone would have to be a harder, glassy stone such as Flint or Chert; softer stones with holes bored by animals would not count.

  • In some cases, they have had the holes bored by a piddock - a type of bivalve mollusc - this applies to softer rocks and mudstones, etc.
  • Others have laid in a riverbed, or a rockpool for many years, as a small piece of a harder rock whirled around and slowly abraded the hole through the stone.
  • Some are the remnants of very eroded fossils, or geological oddities - holes in Flint especially could have been the result of sponges or corals.

They are well known in folklore across Western Europe, especially in the UK.

In Scottish folklore they are gloin nan druidh, or 'druid stones'. In Cornwall, they are called milpreve; in Wales, glain neidr. In England, they are hag stones, witch stones, or dobbie stones. In Germany, they are referred to as Hühnergötter, or 'chicken gods'. Normally, I'd research these things, but there was no way that could live up to my expectations. Sorry.

Our current stock includes:

  • #1 - a larger piece measuring 32.5x29x26.5MM, with a good sized central hole. It is Flint or Chert and the hole is likely the result of a fossil.

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