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Helenite Glass Ball

$4.00

Artificial glass from fused volcanic dust from Mt. Saint Helens.


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THE MAKING OF HELENITE

Helenite, also known as Mount St. Helens obsidian, emerald obsidianite, and ruby obsidianite, is an artificial glass made from the fused volcanic rock dust from Mount St. Helens and marketed as a gemstone. Helenite was first created accidentally after the eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980. Workers from the Weyerhaeuser Timber Company were attempting to salvage equipment damaged after the volcanic eruption. Using acetylene torches , they noticed that the intense heat was melting the nearby volcanic ash and rock and turning it a greenish color. The silica , aluminium, iron, and trace amounts of chromium and copper present in the rocks and ash in the area, combined with the heat of the torches, transformed the volcanic particles into a compound that would be later commercially replicated as helenite.

As word of the discovery spread, jewelry companies took note and began to find ways to reproduce the helenite. Helenite is made by heating rock dust and particles from the Mount St. Helens area in a furnace to a temperature of approximately 2,700 °F (1,480 °C). Although helenite and obsidian are both forms of glass, helenite differs from obsidian in that it is man-made. The stone has been marketed by the jewelry industry because of its emerald-like color, good refractive index, and durability. It is seen as an inexpensive alternative to naturally-occurring green gemstones, such as emerald and peridot. Helenite can also come in various red, green and blue varieties.

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A.P. (Florida, United States)
Ocean-green boom boom glass

It's strange to hold a marble of peacefull aqua-green glass; realizing that it was belched forth in an eruption so powerful that it borked a mountain in half. I have a small vial of Mt St Helen's dust; and this artificial obsidian crafted from the same source makes a beautiful contrast.

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R.T. (New Mexico, United States)
1-inch translucent glass spheres

As the title says, I needed 1-inch translucent glass spheres to complete a metal sculpture. Try finding those during a pandemic! But I finally stumbled on to The Stemcell Science Shop, and there they were! Better yet, they have a wonderful pedigree--they're not just glass, but glass made from the volcanic dust of Mt. St. Helens. It makes an interesting sculpture that much more interesting. And the price--perfect.

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A.A. (Oklahoma, United States)
Helenite glass

My son loves his Helenite ‘marbles’. They’re very pretty and learning about the unique process from which the glass is made has created an even more fervent interest in volcanic minerals. Helenite is a fun addition to his obsidian collection.

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S.P. (Oklahoma, United States)
Beautiful!

Arrived quickly and as described. It looks beautiful!

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A.P. (Florida, United States)
Ocean-green boom boom glass

It's strange to hold a marble of peacefull aqua-green glass; realizing that it was belched forth in an eruption so powerful that it borked a mountain in half. I have a small vial of Mt St Helen's dust; and this artificial obsidian crafted from the same source makes a beautiful contrast.

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R.T. (New Mexico, United States)
1-inch translucent glass spheres

As the title says, I needed 1-inch translucent glass spheres to complete a metal sculpture. Try finding those during a pandemic! But I finally stumbled on to The Stemcell Science Shop, and there they were! Better yet, they have a wonderful pedigree--they're not just glass, but glass made from the volcanic dust of Mt. St. Helens. It makes an interesting sculpture that much more interesting. And the price--perfect.

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A.A. (Oklahoma, United States)
Helenite glass

My son loves his Helenite ‘marbles’. They’re very pretty and learning about the unique process from which the glass is made has created an even more fervent interest in volcanic minerals. Helenite is a fun addition to his obsidian collection.

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S.P. (Oklahoma, United States)
Beautiful!

Arrived quickly and as described. It looks beautiful!

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