Many famous people, including Woodrow Wilson, Thomas Edison and Theodore Roosevelt, have kept them as good luck charms. Legend has it that the Cherokee Indians shed tears of sorrow as they traveled the Trail of Tears. Their teardrops fell to the ground and formed tiny crosses of stone.
You can take a look at a collection of fairy crosses at Pezrok located at 524 East Main Street in downtown Blue Ridge. Owner Jim Korzep has a great display. Old time rockhounds say Georgia is the perfect place to begin and end your hunt for fairy crosses; they are even designated as the Georgia State Mineral. But some specimens of the mineral can be of unusually high quality, like those found in Fannin County. According to the Lapidary Journal just above the Georgia line, in Copperhill Tennessee, staurolites are found with garnets.