I have always wanted to include an Enhydro in my crystal, gem and mineral collection. Naturally, my first one is so unique that as a writer for CleanTechnica, it’s kind of serendipity. CleanTechnica is the number one news site that covers clean energy and cleantech. I often write about topics related to the oil industry and Tesla. So naturally, my fist Enhydro has a fossil fuel--petroleum-- in it, and not water.
Upon doing a search I came across Kacha Stones which seems to specialize in knowledge of Golden Enhydros. So I am referring to their article in most of this post. As I learn more from other sources, I’ll add to this.
Quartz crystals often have a variety of inclusions in them. Sometimes those inclusions are water that is billions of years old. These are known as Enrydros which translates from Greek, meaning water within.
Another type of Enhydro is a Golden Enhydro. These are quartz crystals with inclusions of petroleum in them. As the crystals formed, pockets of pure water or petroleum somehow managed to get trapped in the–millions to billions of years ago.
Sometimes you can see the liquid moving inside the crystal and other times you the Enhydro is hard to spot. With Golden Enhydros, the dark to gold of the petroleum stands out.
Kacha Stones shared that an oil industry geologist who was involved in exploration for many years noted that these crystals are rare. He’d come across a few when traveling through Afghanistan and tested some. He gave Kacha Stones the following information:
“The UV fluoroscope is a standard well site test for natural crude oil in drill cuttings and cores. The color of crude oil varies considerably (mostly dark brown), but lighter oil can be various shades of yellow. The fluorescence, however, (bright intense yellow-white) is very typical of high gravity (Brent, Azerbaijan, W. Africa) crudes. The fluorescence of the Golden Enhydro Herkimers is very intense with a halo of fluorescence appearing against a dark background.”
So far, from what I can tell, Golden Enydros only occur in Herkimer Diamond quartz crystals. I could be wrong on that. Speaking of fluorescence, here’s one photo I took while using the Nitecore GEM UV light
I had the light on the lowest setting and, even though you can’t tell from the image, all of my lights were on inside my apartment. Ha!. The stone that the three Golden Endrydros is sitting on is a block of Selenite and I honestly can’t tell if the light was reflecting from the quartz onto the Selenite or if the Selenite was, in some areas, fluorescing as well. It’s something I need to research more on.
I’m no geologist, just someone who wraps stones into jewelry while collection my own little treasure stash. As Daryl, my mentor always said, I am always learning something new