This weekend, I took my nephew to see the new (well, relatively new) Dinosaur Wing at the Natural History Museum here in Los Angeles. We had timed tickets for the exhibition so we wandered into the Gems and Minerals Hall and all I can say is WOW! I immediately forgot all about the dinosaurs and became a wide-eyed kid in a candy shop. My nephew wasn’t as bowled over as I was so I didn’t get nearly enough time there but it did fan the flames of my deep and abiding love of minerals. I know, I know , I sound like a mega nerd but I challenge you to maintain that opinion once you feast your eyes on some of these:
Still think I’m a dork? Imagine a wall of floor to ceiling glass cases, tastefully lit, lined in velvet, full of these. In a dining room. Or a den. Sick. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it for the past two days. I am channeling my inner Tony Duquette and beginning my collection now… Enjoy!
From top, Tourmaline on quartz, Vanadinite on Matrix, Pyromorphite specimen, Rhodocrosite specimen, Pink Tourmaline, Diopase and Quartz lit from the front and from the back, Florite on Barite from Morocco from Palaminerals, Benoitoite & Neptunite from Benitoite, Rhodochrosite from South Africa, Topaz from California, Azurite & Malachite from Namibia, Smithsonite from Namibia from The Houston Museum of Natural Science, Morganite with Kunzite on Quartz, Aquamarine on Muscovite from Pakistan, Amethyst on Quartz from Georgia, Aquamarine and Schorl on Clevelandite from Pakastan Tanzanite from Tanzania from Wilensky Fine Minerals, black heart shaped Uvite from New York State from Geological Desires.