Meet Anne, The Fossil Cartel Store Manager
Anne is originally from Pennsylvania where she began her love for rocks and fossils. One of her favorite childhood memory includes “rock picking” with her grandfather which is when she began collecting specimens. Anne spends her free time making jewelry, working with polymer clay and creating wearable art. She is also a volunteer at KBOO Community Radio. Her favorite rocks are amethyst and celestite.
Meet Ken, The Fossil Cartel Sales Associate
Ken has been selling gemstones for decades starting with Mexican opals in the mid-1980s. He spent most of those years traveling and selling cut stones and crystals to jewelers. His personal favorite stones are opals, Oregon sunstone and tourmaline. Ken also sells cabochons and faceted stones on Facebook through his business page: Elfingoyle Gems LLC.
Meet Mark, The Fossil Cartel Assistant Manager
Mark got started with rocks at the age of 5 growing up in Northern California. His grandfather had a jade mine and a gold claim in the area, so he learned to spot things young. Mark continued collecting and learned to do lapidary work, selling cabochons and specimens at rock and gem shows in Central Oregon, then moved back to Portland a few years ago. His favorite minerals are rough fluorite, aquamarine and tourmaline.
Meet Cosmo, The Fossil Cartel Web Manager
Cosmo’s hyperfixation with rocks all started in elementary school, picking up and cracking open the abundance of Quartz rocks to see the sparkle interior during recess. As they got older they started helping their Mother and Grandmother with their small farm, Nenana Urban Farm, and handmade glass bead shop, KatzMaJazz. Cosmo recently moved to Portland from their home town in Alaska after buying moldavite. They spend their free time building their reputation in the art community here in Portland as they did in Alaska, selling prints and doing commissioned murals. Their favorite rocks are currently Libyan desert glass, Bismuth and Malachite.
Meet Hannah, The Fossil Cartel Sales Associate
Hannah is originally from Utah. They grew up taking road trips to places like Moab, Topaz Mountain, Dugway, and a trilobite quarry just outside of Delta.
Their first finds rock-hounding were pyrite and galena in the Rocky Mountains, and since then they have been fascinated by geology.
They moved to Portland in late 2021 to attend Portland State University, and soon after joined our team!
Hannah is studying to get their degree in Art Practice as an avid painter, illustrator, and sculptor.
Some dream materials that they would like in their collection are gem rhodochrosite and dioptase.
Current favorites in their collection are a double terminated natural citrine from Zambia and Moldavite.
Meet Aislinn, The Fossil Cartel Sales Associate
Aislinn is a reiki practitioner and artist from NY. Her interest in gems and minerals was sparked about 11 years ago when she first started to dive into her divination practices. She likes to spend her free time listening to music and traveling as a form of inspiration for her art. Aislinn is passionate about helping other people connect to stones and the natural world and helping them incorporate them into their lives in meaningful ways. At the moment, her favorite stones are apophyllite, ammonite, indicolite, and elestial quartz.