A happy find in the library lead me to the discover of Chatter Stones, a toy made of two shaped and polished pieces of what some shops claim to be Hematite (sometimes they call it magnetic Hematite) a naturally occurring iron oxide. Besides being very pretty and tactility satisfying they are strongly magnetic.
I was enchanted.
After playing with the one found the in the library against the desensitiser (itself a large magnet) I went searching the web for stores that stocked these little wonders. Sometimes called Singing Money Balls (not kidding) I found these on a few science toy shops for about $3.95 to $4.95 a pair.
I then stumbled across this site claiming that the ‘Magnetic Hematite Singing Power Stones’ could have the following uses:
- Grounding (only if you find yourself on the Magnetic Island I’m thinking)
- Desk Toy
- Stress Relief
- Aid to quit smoking
- Jet lag
- Fridge Magnet
Very magical little items you may think. Well not as magical as their price. For $14.95 you get your $3.95 magnetic stones as well as an 8 page (that’s two A4 pages folded in half with a staple through the middle) and a fake suede pouch.
To top this off the magnetic hematite (check out link above) that these ‘stones’ are made of is not hematite at all. It’s a man-made substance that has no hematite in it whatsoever making it a very cool toy as well as a real fake natural cure-all.
Very magic, magic stones.
Postscript: Found in Franklins for $AU3.95.