Utilizing Natural Minerals in Design

The trick to a successful design is to find those certain small elements that really give it an extra edge or added detail, and minerals are perfect for this purpose.  They are truly God’s beautiful gifts, if not for anything but to just stare at with awe.  And, there are so many options out there.  Today we went to a luncheon at the Pettigrew Showroom here in Dallas, whom we seem to be seeing a lot of lately!  Our friend at Earth’s Fine Art Gallery, Randy, spoke about minerals and their different characteristics.  He has acquired just about every mineral possible in his gallery, and is extremely dedicated to keeping the minerals in their natural state; not altering or enhancing them in any way.  In fact, they really don’t need it. Here are some interesting facts we learned:

  • Minerals have been used as decoration for over 5,000 years
  • Dallas’ Ross Perot Museum of Nature & Science, that’s due to open in 2013, will house the 3rd largest
  •  known Gold Nugget which was discovered by an individual and a metal detector!
  •  There are 2 ways to grade a mineral: 1 – 12 or 1 – 20.  11/12 or 19/20 are museum quality.  But the value is increasingly based on aesthetics.
  • A connoisseur of minerals will be able to look at mineral and know what region it’s from.  A great one can tell from which mine and when!
  • Grade is dependent on rarity, locality, aesthetics, damage, & if the mine is closed it’s more valuable
  • Most minerals are a bi-product of a mine.  For example, copper mines usually produce Malachite.
  • Because miners carry the minerals out in their lunch box when they discover them, they are referred to as “lunch box” minerals.  If they make it out without damage, they can sell them!
  • They make a great conversational piece if you know the story of where they came from and how they’re made.
  • Most of the Cathedral Amethyst you see now are lower grades & from South American mines
  • Some believe minerals have metaphysical healing powers.  You will see spas use them a lot.
  • Geodes (type of mineral) are made by chemicals getting trapped in air pockets and over time creating these beautiful designs.

Take a look at some of the minerals at Earth’s Fine Art Gallery…

Earth’s Fine Art places their minerals on a custom iron stand or acrylic stand, depending on your taste.


Another great option for minerals is lamps.  Empressive GeoDesigns is a fantastic source for these (Earth’s Fine Art Gallery makes beautiful lamps as well!).  They can really change the mood of a room.  GeoDesigns has a way of designing the lamp as a cohesive piece, with the shade, base, etc. all complimenting the mineral source.

“By specializing in Geode Lamp art décor, Empressive GeoDesigns has illuminated the concept of fusing illustrious works of art with function and purpose.”

“Dallas based Empressive GeoDesigns sells To the Trade Only and is UL approved. Its appealing integration of functional art and interior design will bring an elevated sense of character and charm to any space, both commercial and residential.” – via Design Guide online Editorial 09/22/2011

These are some of my favorite products they offer!  The amethyst is gorgeous….

Here are a few of our projects we’ve used minerals in….

The chandelier in the photo above is made from Selenite.  Love!

We used mineral logs in the fireplace above….a very different look.

This is a photo of a mineral (on the left) we used just recently from Earth’s Fine Art Gallery.

While we were at the luncheon today, I snagged the May F/D Luxe and these fabulous Emerald earrings from Kimberly McDonald were featured!  Check out her jewelry at Forty Five Ten!!

Have a wonderful weekend!

2 Responses to “Utilizing Natural Minerals in Design”
  1. Jim Palmer says:

    Amy , you are too good . You were just at the lunchion 2 hours ago . Jim Palmer

    • Amy Armstrong says:

      Well we kind of cheated. We had part of it done beforehand. 😉 But we had to had some of the great info we learned!

      Amy Armstrong 972.458.7787

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