Lightning Glass Jewelry - Fulgurites
What are fulgurites?
Petrified lightning bolts - nature's work of art
Have you ever wondered what happens when a bolt of lightning hits the ground or open water? Where does all that energy go? And what happens to all the meteors that fly into our planet?
Fulgurites are created when lightning strikes on the beach or in the desert. The sand is fused instantly into a tube of glass, sometimes hollow, from the intense energy from the sky. Every fulgurite is a completely unique sculptural object created spontaneously by nature from the hand of the god Zeus. Meteorites and tektites are formed when rocks from outer space break through the atmosphere surrounding the earth.
The secrets and mystery of lightning are revealed in the details of the rare and beautiful fulgurite: "Petrified Lightning"
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Semi-precious stones fashioned by nature
If you take the surrounding sand away, a complete fulgurite formation in the ground actually looks something like a bolt of lightning, with irregular branches that taper to a point -- similar to the roots of a tree that form a mirror image of the branches above.
Samples can be found in the wild ranging from small fragments to pieces that are 12 inches long or greater, with most examples about 2-4 inches long. Larger samples are sold at the highest prices. The clarity or muddiness of the solidified sand is also a big factor in the price.
Where to buy fulgurites - Large and small specimens from around the world
Find fulgurites from an international group of rock hounds scouring the dunes after a good dust storm and secret spots in the hills and deserts on six continents. Fulgurites and meteorites have been discovered in every continent on the planet, but finding them is still quite rare, like a needle in a haystack.
Lightning hits the ground thousands of times a day, but only a fraction of these lightning bolts lands in the right location. These glass crystal formations are quite sturdy, so they remain unbroken in the soil for a long time.
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Moldavite - Squashed by a Meteor
Moldavite is a beautiful clear green mineral discovered at the site of meteor impacts that happened millions of years ago. This is a kind of tektite or molten glass that is thrown away from the impact zone. Georgiaites, found in eastern and central Georgia in the United States, also have the green color of Moldavite.
Meteors hurtle to earth regularly, but few survive the journey through the outer layers of our atmosphere. When they do land on our planet, they're called meteorites. Composed of unique metals and trace elements that are harvested in the depths of outer space. Sold by the gram, meteorites are prized for their valuable minerals and rarity.
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