If you haven’t been able to visit our current store in downtown Portland, this video shows you a quick tour around the store, starting from the sidewalk and walking through the store so you can see all the displays and get a feel for the place. We have been in this location since January 2015 and it is our favorite location so far! We were always in a mall before, starting originally in Clackamas Town Center and Lloyd Center, then The Galleria, then Pioneer Place. Now we have our own streetfront in the historic Gilbert Building in the heart of downtown Portland, with large southern-facing windows, high ceilings, and exposed brick interior. We also like that our building has been owned by a local familiy for 100 years!
Starting at 7:45 in this video, Susan talks about the birthstones for November, topaz and citrine, and displays examples of each found in the store for birthday gift ideas. The most common color of topaz is blue topaz, but the birthstone is supposed to be the translucent natural yellow topaz. Since natural topaz is relatively rare, citrine is the alternative birthstone for November.
Earlier in the video, and again at the end, Susan talks about the questions most often asked by customers in the store.
Starting at 5:40 in this video, Susan talks about the birthstone for August, Peridot. She also shows examples of the peridot specimens and jewelry in the store, including peridot crystals set in silver pendants, and clusters of small peridot crystals on basalt from Arizona. Peridot is a translucent unique hue of lime green, and the gem-quality variety of the silicate mineral olivine. Iron inclusions create its light green color. Volcanoes sometimes hurl peridot-rich “bombs,” chunks of hardened basalt containing peridot crystals. Egyptians mined peridot as a gemstone as early as 1580 BCE. Most peridot seen in jewelry today comes from Globe, Arizona. Metaphysically, peridot is used to bring prosperity and to balance moods. Fine specimens of peridot are found in Arizona, Brazil, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.
Starting at 3:50 in this video, Susan shares some of the more interesting fossils in the store, as well as her favorites, including dinosaur bone, coprolite (fossilized dinosaur dung), stromatolite (the oldest stone in the store, as well as the oldest fossil record of life on Earth), fossilized shrimp from Lebanon, fossilized fish from Wyoming, trilobites from Utah and Morocco, ammonites
Susan’s favorite fossils are pyritized ammonites from Germany, where pyrite replaced the ammonite’s shell.
Have trouble sleeping? In this Metaphysical Mondays video, Susan displays and talks about healing stones that can help you fall asleep, and techniques for using stones to improve your sleep. The Fossil Cartel created a healing pouch of “Stones for Insomnia” which includes the following healing stones:
Amethyst – restful mind
Chrysoprase – relaxation
Lepidolite – relieves exhaustion
Sodalite – combats insomnia
Howlite – calms overactive mind
Susan’s personal favorite stone for calming the mind is kunzite, and her favorite pretty stone for relaxation is chrysoprase.
We just got this rare Brandberg Crystal with an enhydro bubble trapped inside! Just over 4 inches long, it is double terminated and includes amethyst, smoky quartz and clear quartz. As of 11.11.17 it is still available in our store. Watch the video below!
One of the coolest phenomena in the rock world is finding water trapped inside a translucent stone. “Enhydros” are crystals or stones with a natural chamber inside containing a small amount of liquid, and usually an air bubble which makes it much easier to see the fluid inclusion. They usually occur in quartz crystals and agates and are extremely rare. You need to move the stone around to see they enhydro chamber, and they can be very difficult to spot. Sometimes you can hear the water sloshing around in them.
The crystals or minerals grow around the liquid deposit and trap it inside forever, unless it is broken open by changes in position, pressure, or temperature — or busted open by miners. Scientists will at times break them open so that they can study the ancient water inside and discover things about the atmosphere at the time it was formed. I’ve heard of people breaking open an enhydro and then drinking the water! Don’t know if I’d be up for that! Some enhydros date back the Eocene Epoch (56-33.9 million years ago.) Other fluids found included in stones are oil and carbon. Enhydro crystals are also known as enhydrite crystals.
The largest recorded enhydro agate ever found was in Fuxin City, China, with a diameter of 63 cm and weighing 310 kg. The most famous and beautiful enhydrite crystals are found in the Brandberg Mountains of Namibia in southern Africa. The Brandberg enhydros can contain amethyst, quartz, smoky quartz and lepidocrosite. At the moment at The Fossil Cartel, we have a 4-inch double terminated enhydro Brandberg smoky amethyst crystal in stock, as well as a selection of enhydro agates from Brazil.
Selenite is one of our more popular stones. It can be used to clean the energy of other stones, as well as any energy field. From the Greek selene, meaning “the moon,” selenite is a form of gypsum, a calcium sulfate hydrate common all over the world, and used in mortar and plaster from ancient times to the present. Popular forms of selenite include wands, clusters of twinned crystals known as “fishtail” selenite, and beautifully clear prismatic crystals. Masses of fibrous parallel crystals displaying a silky sheen, known as “satin spar,” are often cut and polished into decorative shapes. Radiating aggregates of bladed crystals are sold as “desert roses.” Selenite opens the third eye (6th) and crown (7th) chakras, accessing higher realms of consciousness.
These 2 videos show you around The Fossil Cartel store in downtown Portland, Oregon. Since we have so many customers worldwide who are not able to visit the store in person, we wanted to give you all a thorough glimpse of the inside of the store, located at 333 SW Taylor St. Suite 150.
This video discusses and shows how to physically clean your precious minerals (as opposed to metaphysically). You love your rocks so you display them where you can see them, touch them, feel them. But unless you store your rocks in a closed container like a box, they will eventually collect dust and dirt. To keep your rocks looking beautiful, you will probably need to physically clean them once in a while. Susan shows you how you can clean them safely and easily with normal household products.