ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Lightning glass jewelry - Fulgurites

Updated on November 9, 2014

Petrified lightning bolts are 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"

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 in their 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.

What are fulgurites?

Description

Sand is the primary ingredient of fulgurites, and the amount of pure silica in the soil is important to get the finest hollow tubular shapes. The other essential ingredient comes from the Greek word fulgar: thunderbolts from the god Zeus.

As we know from the movie Back to the Future, a lightning bolt packs a gigajoule of power, enough to send a Prius electric car around the world. That much energy creates a temperature of 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit, which is plenty enough for lightning to drive down 20 feet into the soil and fuse all the grains of sand into the shape of a hollow tube or cylinder.

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.

Buy fulgurites online

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.

When the seller has several items in stock, you might not see a photograph of the actual fulgurite that you want to buy. Check their return policy to ensure you can get the lightning glass that's right for you.


Unique Jewlery - Semi-precious stones fashioned by nature

For a completely unexpected gift for Valentine's Day, every piece of fulgurite jewelry is a completely unique work of art in cooperation with the forces of nature. The highest quality crystal formations are used for jewelry, with greater clarity than other samples.


Reader survey

Ever heard of fulgurites and lightning glass?

See results

TV Series: Serial Killer Earth

Lightning Strikes Thrice
Lightning Strikes Thrice

Viewers agree that this is a very good video series to see the awesome forces of nature and lightening. Episode 6 in the series focuses on lightening and natural disasters in San Francisco.

 

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.


Rock collecting books - Books for rock hounds and collectors

Seek the scientific, and spiritual properties of these rare gems from books on sale at Amazon and eBay.

The Flash Funko Pop toy figure
The Flash Funko Pop toy figure

The Flash - Funko Pop Toys

The Flash is part of the Funko Pop Heroes Series from DC Universe comics.

Find dozens of action figure bobble-heads and toy figures in a growing collection of characters from classic comic books.

Want to know more about Fulgurites? - Let me see if I can answer your questions or comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Diana Wenzel profile image

      Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

      I have spent a great deal of time beaches. I may have seen a fulgurite and not known what it was. You can bet I will be looking with purpose now. Thanks for opening up this new possibility to me. Very interesting!

    • profile image

      anonymous 6 years ago

      Fulgurites are new to me and I am fascinate...such coolness must be blessed!

    • CruiseReady profile image

      CruiseReady 6 years ago from East Central Florida

      Can you actually find these on the beach? how big (or small) are they?

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)