The Fossil Cartel

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  • Where else in Portland can you travel back 500 million years or hold part of a distant star?  Since 1989, The Fossil Cartel has been selling world-class jewelry, minerals, crystals, fossils, and meteorites from around the world.  From exquisite Brazilian amethyst cathedrals to Dicranurus Monstrosus trilobites to our very own Oregon Opals and Oregon Sunstones, you’ll find rare objects of unequaled beauty. Featuring the largest selection in the Pacific Northwest, and stones unique to Oregon and the area, we cordially invite you to visit us in downtown Portland, Oregon.

    Over 28 years ago we began with a cart in a suburban shopping mall, then moved downtown to The Galleria for 14 years. The next 11 years we were in Pioneer Place, and now we occupy a storefront in the historic Gilbert Building in the heart of downtown Portland. Over a quarter century we have developed a deep and varied inventory of the best material out there. Most of our merchandise is hand-picked for top quality.

    The Fossil Cartel specializes in items such as Mt. St. Helen’s Obsidianite. When Mt. St. Helen’s erupted in 1981, pulverized rock blasted out. When heated, this material fuses into a gorgeous translucent stone of a rich emerald color – Emerald Obsidianite. Identical in color to emeralds, it’s a bonafide piece of Mt. St. Helen’s!  Now this material is also available in color-changing purple, Twilight Obsidianite (under fluorescent light it turns light blue!).

    The Fossil Cartel also carries a large inventory of Oregon Opal. Oregon Opal is a unique variety of opal found in only one place in the world – Opal Butte, Ore. When faceted, Oregon Opal flashes dusky blue-violet or yellow-orange. In our free-form pendants, Oregon Opal is transparent, resembling an underwater scene.

    Many of our customers are from out of town and we want our merchandise to be available to travelers once they return home. Our website contains only a fraction of what you can find in our store. If there is something you are interested in but do not see on our website, please do not hesitate to email us and ask about it. Customer service is our highest priority!