Thursday

Curating a Crystal Mineral Collection




       Crystals and Minerals have been coveted since ancient times. These mysterious, eons old beauties connect us with nature and center us in a world of sensory overload. Truly, they are nature's most beautiful medium and savvy decorators use them to enhance the decor of homes around the world. They work with every decor style, mid-century, bohemian, traditional, French,or Italian.
        Some women covet jewels but I prefer them in their natural state and I have collected a number of quartz crystal specimens, a few of which you can see below...



These gold leafed amethysts mounted on clear acrylic bases are very versatile...


This enormous quartz point and  a set of 4 quartz point candle holders add ambiance  as they catch the morning light...

A perfectly placed specimen enhances artwork..and can make a conversation starting centerpiece.



 When I first began collecting, pieces were only available at fleamarkets and mineral shows. Both are still great sources. Now however you can find them on Chairish,at Horchow and numerous other online sites dedicated to decor. I have a few mounted on museum stands, like sculpture but in general I prefer a more casual approach, resting on books or other unexpected locations.



No matter which  type of mineral you gravitate to, you cannot deny that Nature is  the world's best designer!



















No comments:

Gilby reads and recommends Modern Dog