I think all girls go through a 'crystal' phase, a witch or spells phase (see: The Craft). Its right up there with taking photos of our feet or wanting to grow old surrounded by our adoring cats. I grew up with a mother who openly practices paganism and believes in the healing power of crystals, so I've been surrounded by them from a very young age. Quartz to focus energy, Amythest for healing, you know. I've always got a bit of smokey quartz in my pocket to scare off bad vibes.
But let's be honest. They are just very pretty aren't they.
The Natural History Museum in London has a fantastic Natural Gem room. Its vast, quiet, and 9 times out of 10 totally empty. Kids don't care about stones when there are dinosaurs on display. Its like a secret stash of treasure tucked away at the back of the museum. I always spend a bunch of time there and always take the same photos. Row upon row of beautiful stones, collected from around the world. Meteors next to natural ores. Smelly ones next to shiny ones.
|Emeralds - Natural History Museum, London|
|Natural History Museum, London|