This week’s Mineral Monday examines a fascinating mineral created by lightening; it’s fulgurite! Fulgurites are the result of lightening striking silica-rich materials most often found in sand. The word fulgurite comes from the Latin word fulgur which means “lightening”. When the lightening hits the sand it is so hot that it instantly melts the sand particles and fuses them together. the lightening creates tubes of fulgurite which can be meters long; they tend to have a rough exterior with a smooth shiny interior. Fulgurites come in a range of colors including grey, black, brown, tan, white, and can even be green or blue.
Archaeologists working on a site on the coast of Scotland found a fossilized fulgurite that they determined to have formed 250 million years ago! In 1997, artist Allan McCollum, with the assistance of Dr. Martin Uman – a lightning expert who managed the lightning research station in Starke, Florida – triggered a lightening strike to create a unique piece of fulgurite. The fulgurite they produced was 7 3/4″ long. Years before, Dr. Uman had excavated what is now recognized by the Guinness Book of Records as the largest piece of fulgurite ever found, stretching over 17 feet long1!
Metaphysically, it is believed that fulgurites assist with communication. Both communication between people and with spiritual or heavenly entities.
The Shops at Nature’s Art Village has a unique selection of natural fulgurite for sale in the A to Z Mineral Shop. To see our full selection, and many more fossils and minerals, visit The Shops at Nature’s Art Village on Route 85 in Montville, Connecticut.
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Metaphysical and healing properties of crystals and minerals are not to be taken as fact. Metaphysical and healing information is collected from various resources as well as gemstone lore, and the information should not replace any advice given to you by your doctor. Nature’s Art Village does not guarantee any claims or statements, both made in our store or on our website, of the metaphysical or healing properties of crystals and minerals and cannot be held liable under any circumstances.