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Helenite Glass Ball

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Helenite is glass made from fused volcanic dust from Mt. Saint Helens. 

Approx. 0.75" diameter

Please note: each marble is unique and contains minor imperfections. Surfaces are not completely smooth.

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Helenite Glass Ball

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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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H.E. (Virginia, United States)

Hannah rated this 5 stars on Etsy

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R. (Virginia, United States)

Helenite ball was exactly as described, and such a fun little trinket. Shipped safely and quickly! Thank you kindly!

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R.L. (Virginia, United States)

Exactly what it says--a green glass marble in a cotton bag, with a little info card about Helenite. Adding it to my rocks'n'minerals collection.

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Single beautiful Helenite ball in a protective burlap pouch with a descriptive card. Great gift for geology nerds. These are available in bulk elsewhere for considerably less, but the nice packaging makes this gift-ready.

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J.A. (New York, United States)
Fast shipping

My son learned about Helenite in school and asked for some, with in 30 seconds I found their site, had an easy time ordering, and received that package a few days after. My son was very happy with them and is looking fwd to making a necklace out of it.

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D.T. (Illinois, United States)

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M.R.

These are the coolest! Excellent quality. Great shop.

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P.J.

Strangely compelling, nice size.
I remember when it happened, that's about the time 'supervolcano' became another expected extinction event.
Purchase one, have it mounted on a chain and wear it as a reminder, ' Things may seem hard, now, but they could be worse than you can imagine!'
Or as a charm against evil.
Pete.

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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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Helenite Glass Ball

Helenite Glass Ball

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