Not too long ago, I went with my friend Pam to the Museum of Natural History to check out their gemstones, crystals and mineral galleries.
I was inspired by a trip to the National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C., where they had, among many many amazing things, a HUGE chunk of quartz roughly the size of a 10 year old that took about 10,000 years to grow. Or something like that. Talk about good vibrations.
In addition to liking pretty, sparkling, colorful things, the exhibition totally brought out my long dormant inner science geek. I was fascinated by the variety and complexity of shapes that crystals form naturally.
The picture below is of Stibnite. The Museum of Natural History in New York has a (somehow, I think this word only works when written in caps) HUGE piece -- the biggest ever found I believe -- on permanent display. It's like crystalized silver. Both scary and beautiful, all at the same time.
Inside the mineral and gems gallery, it was all I could do not to throw myself on this giant amethyst geode.
For years I've collected mini-geodes, random pieces of raw crystals and gems with the idea that someday, I'll do something with them. These two trips were just the inspiration I needed to actually make good on that thought. I can't wait to get back to my studio and do something with these.