Meet Anne, The Fossil Cartel Store Manager
Anne is originally from Northeastern Pennsylvania, where she grew up looking for fossils and crystals with her Grandfather. Her interest led her to becoming a collector, and motivated her to continue learning as much as she could about crystals, minerals, and fossils in her spare time.
She has certifications in Chakra, and Advanced Crystal therapy. She’s an Aura reader, and has a background in mediumship, as well as other intuitive practices.
Anne is also an amateur local historian, and a mixed media sculptor who makes wearable art. Her art can be found at the store, as well as some other businesses outside of the state of Oregon.
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 Thayer, The Fossil Cartel Web Photographer
Thayer was born and raised in Santa Barbara, California. He has a background in teaching students with special needs and organizing community events. Thayer is highly attuned to frequency and vibration, being highly empathic. At an early age, he discovered that crystals and gemstones became mysteriously drawn to him like a magnet, and vice versa. Thayer has a seemingly unending memory bank of crystal facts and stories. His favorite stones are tanzanite and sugilite.