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Lightning glass jewelry - Fulgurites
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?
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.
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