Gaia Stone (Helenite) Tumbles

Availability: 18 in stock
$7.00 $8.00


This listing is for a single Gaia tumbled stone.

Please note that each piece is unique and may differ slightly in shape, pattern or color from the examples pictured.

18g & 25 x 20 20mm

Helenite, also known as Mount St. Helens obsidian and by its Spiritual name Gaia stone, is an artificial glass made from the fused volcanic rock dust from Mount St. Helens. 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, aluminum, 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 unique green glass.

Helenite is now made by heating Volcanic rock and ash particles from the foot of Mount St. Helens in a furnace to a temperature of approximately 1,480 °C. Although Helenite and obsidian are both forms of glass, Helenite differs from obsidian in that it is man-made.