Meet The Fossil Cartel Staff

Nick at The Fossil Cartel in Portland OregonMeet Nick, The Fossil Cartel Sales Associate

Nick has been rocking out at the Fossil Cartel since November of 2014. He loves working with people and taking photos of all the beautiful specimens in the shop. Oregon born and raised, he has been rockhounding around the state since he was a child. He has combed the beaches for agates, found fossils in Vernonia, sought out sunstones in the desert, and collected obsidian. Now his interest lies primarily in using the beautiful gems and crystals from around the world in jewelry. He makes fine wire wrapped and fabricated jewelry with the gems. Aside from his interest in crystals he is a professional circus performer, avid hiker, and mushroom forager.

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Favorite minerals: Tanzanite, Opal, Bixbite, Phosphophyllite, Benitoite, Fire Agate

Meet Anne, The Fossil Cartel Assistant Manager

Anne is originally from Pennsylvania where she began her love for rocks and fossils. One of her favorite childhood memory includes “rock picking” with her grandfather which is when she began collecting specimens. Anne spends her free time making jewelry, working with polymer clay and creating wearable art. She is also a volunteer at KBOO Community Radio. Her favorite rocks are amethyst and celestite.

Meet Shaum, The Fossil Cartel Sales Associate

Shaum began digging up and collecting small rocks when she was a little girl in her childhood backyard and in the new home development sites nearby. She rediscovered her passion a few years ago and has been inseparable ever since. She is endlessly fascinated with all of the different formations, varieties and intricacies of rocks and minerals. The fact that there is so much to learn and discover in the mineral kingdom is another reason for her continued intrigue. It’s an entire world to be discovered! Being in a rock shop feels like home to her.