Quartz regulates volcanic activity!

I have been an fan of quartz for years because it has many beautiful forms but I never even gave a second thought as to its function in the geological process. It turns out it is not just a pretty face! Silicon dioxide lays dormant until a volcanic event blasts fumes of super hot gases. The crystals form quickly with the introduction of heat and pressure making a screen of sorts to vent and regulate the outburst. It moderates the flow of heat and pressure by forming a permeable barrier that vents the outburst through the interlaced “fingers” of quartz. Beauty and function combined! Nature sure comes up with wonderful ways to stay in balance!20170523_093836 (2)king county1 003

Brightening a cloudy day.

I have a new batch of Enhyro quartz crystals that have been keeping me busy. They are crystals that have water trapped in them during their growth process that has been there since they were formed, perhaps thousands or millions of years ago. Looking at the bubbles, and sometimes floating minerals inside the natural structure of the crystal is mesmerizing and can keep me busy for hours! There is something wonderful about a stone that has moving things inside it! One of my books says they symbolize the collective unconscious that underlies and unites everything.  And they are just cool!

These pictures are a random sampling of new things I am excited about: Kyanite, triangle growth patterns on a citrine, beautiful purple Fluorite, Prehnite and grape agate, Actinolite from Wenatchee, Washington, and a very velvety Fluorite with Muscovite cluster from Pakistan. What wonders the world holds!

Gilbert Thomes Fine Minerals

My love of the natural world has inspired me to share a unique collection of minerals and crystals I have collected with those who visit the shop.  People have a natural attraction to beautiful things that the earth has made. The beauty that is hidden in the earth helps us connect with the planet and the universe at large.  It soothes the soul to see the beauty that comes from the natural order of an unfolding universe.  My misson is to educate, delight and inspire others with samplings of beautiful and interesting objects from the natural world. Oh, and you can buy stuff, too!