Gaia Stone (Green) or Helenite (Blue) is a man-made Obsidian-like glass created from the volcanic ash of the Mt. St. Helen’s eruption. On May 18th, 1980 Mount Saint Helen’s erupted. The force was equivalent to 500 atomic bombs. The top of the mountain was blown off and 200 square miles of land was leveled. They estimate that 1300 feet of earth was blown upwards producing an ash cloud 60,000 feet into the air. This ash cloud eventually circled the earth.
The creation of the Gaia stone was accidental. Workers from the Weyerhaeuser Timber Company were salvaging equipment damaged by the eruption. Using their acetylene torches, they discovered that the heat melted the gray ash and rock which turned green and fused together into the glass like structure now known as Gaia Stone. The mixture is silica, aluminum, and iron with trace amounts of Chromium and Copper. This discovery later led to the commercially replicated version of what they found. It was originally marketed as Helenite.
Gaia is produced under high heat (fused at temperatures near 2700º F) and high pressure from the rock and ash that was expelled during the eruption. They believe that the rock came from 15 to 20 miles down inside the earth. After heating, the stones are quench cooled which is where the material is cooled quickly so that there is no time for mineral crystals to form. When it occurs in nature it’s a volcanic Obsidian. When formed in a controlled lab, it is called Obsidianite.
The fused Silica forms a stone with an emerald, forest green coloring like the forests that surrounded the mountain before the explosion. The different names used to refer to this man-made stone are Helenite, Gaia Stone, Mount St. Helen’s Obsidian, Emerald Obsidianite, and Ruby Obsidianite. Originally, there was only the native green, but since then trace minerals have been added to create the blues (Cobalt or Aquamarine Silica chips), reds (Gold) and purples (Iron and Copper) that are now produced.
Metaphysical Properties: Gaia, the green stone, is named after the goddess of Mother Earth. This stone brings in grounding and a connection to nature spirits. The green color helps connect Gaia with the heart chakra, and balances all chakras due to its grounding nature. Helping to heal emotional traumas that have left wounds or scars, it is also a great stone to heal any tensions or rifts between friends or family, especially those who are estranged. It is a great gift when one is in a romantic relationship since it helps promote love and intimacy. It also encourages harmonious group meetings. This makes it ideal for work situations. Gaia is a stone of compassion, thus rendering it a stone of tolerance, and useful in negotiations.