Meet The Fossil Cartel Staff

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 Jem, The Fossil Cartel Seasonal Sales Associate

Jem’s love for rocks and minerals can be traced back to tagging along with his parents to gem shows, as well as helping out at this very store when he was little. Connecting with others over a shared love of stones and fawning over unique specimens are some of his favorite pastimes. In the future, he hopes to work with kids in building healthy and knowledgeable relationships between them and the natural world. Some of his favorite rocks are pietersite, dioptase and opal.

 

 

 

 

 

Sales Associate, Ken

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sales Associate, MarkMeet 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. She grew up taking road trips to places like Moab, Topaz Mountain, Dugway, and a trilobite quarry just outside of Delta.

Her first finds rock-hounding were pyrite and galena in the Rocky Mountains, and since then she has been fascinated by geology.
She moved to Portland in late 2021 to attend Portland State University, and soon after joined our team!
She is studying to get her degree in Art Practice as an avid painter, illustrator, and sculptor.
Some dream materials that she would like in her collection are gem rhodochrosite and dioptase.

Her current favorites in her collection are a double terminated natural citrine from Zambia and Moldavite.

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