Smithsonite Kelly Mine New Mexico_1-1The Architectural Minerals & Stone Portfolio

Even the most ardent city dweller is attracted to nature. Busy city streets are lined with trees and flowers to remind us that there is a natural world beyond the miles of paved roads and concrete sidewalks. Almost every grand lobby around the world is clad with slabs of marbles or granite to help us connect to nature and soften the austerity of our modern lives. Museums of Natural History exist in almost every major city offering us an afternoon to connect with the wonders and power of nature. Gems, minerals, fossils and decorative stones give us the same opportunity to connect in our own homes regardless of whether we live in a city, a suburb or in a rural area.

Occasionally I look in awe at a gem or even a simple rock sitting on a table in my studio and the beauty of the piece re-kindles my appreciation for nature and when I walk outside I find myself looking at trees or flowers with a renewed sense of wonder. Equally important many of the gems, minerals and fossils are absolutely amazing. A pipe filled with concentric rings of aragonite is fascinating. A piece of 100 hundred million year old Petrified Wood that has turned to solid stone, complete with growth rings and bark is something that typically is found only in a museum.

Most gems and minerals work universally in almost any style of home or office, so simply put, follow your heart and pick something that you flat out love. For those of us that are attracted to lots of stones, here are some suggestions to narrow down the field. In a modern setting almost any rock can bring a touch of warmth to a room that has a crisp, clean minimalist décor. So play a little, and think color. Often times a colorful rock will be a perfect focal point in a modern room that is otherwise understated and quiet.  I think it’s safe to say that almost any colorful stone; from a Yellow chunk of Canary Yellow Bolivian Sulfur to a Green slab of Malachite to a cubic purple Fluorite will pop in most modern rooms.

I think we have to work a little smarter when we approach adding stones to a more traditional room. We might think twice before decorating a classic room with cubes of perfectly square pyrite, and may be an icy hexagonal Quartz point may only work in a classic setting for the true mineral lover. But a fossilized ammonite encrusted in pyrite might be perfectly suited for that same classic room. I have yet to see a 50 million year old Fish Fossil from the Green River in Wyoming look out of place in the most conservative of settings.  The suggestion I am making is if the room is traditional; try the warmth provided by calcium carbonate first. Whether calcite or aragonite, both these rocks are amongst warmer and more inviting stones. I’m not saying you will want to run up and hug one of these rocks, but this group of minerals is softer and cozier then most other varieties. By softer I am speaking of appearance only. Do not throw them at each other. They are plenty hard and they will hurt as much as any piece of quartz.


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