If you’re looking for a massive chakra reset (or just a break from the dinosaurs), rock out in the American Museum of Natural History’s largest hippie attraction: the 12-foot-tall, 9,000+ pound amethyst geode from Uruguay now anchoring the Halls of Gems and Minerals.
(Image credit: AMNH/D. Finnin)
Part of the New York City museum’s upcoming $340 million renovation by “starchitect” Jeanne Gang, 6sqft reports that the gargantuan gemstone is part of a new “stunning crystalline pass” that will connect a former dead-end to the Richard Glider Center for Science, Education and Innovation. (Oooh! A sparkly!)
Geodes have been trending in our ever-more-bohemian homes and decor for a few years now, and 2017 brought the extension of our collective geode-obsession to wedding cakes, hair color, nail designs, and crystallized lip art. Recently, we even featured an artist who’s creating geode sculptures out of beeswax — and trade magazines show that gem shows, once solely the gatherings of jewelry designers and other insiders, have seen a rocking 20 percent rise in attendance and revenues every year since 2014.
(Image credit: Ralph Appelbaum Associates)
But you’ve never seen anything quite like these ancient beauties — sure to cleanse the mind, body and soul, if only for a moment — which are on view in AMNH’s Main Gallery through the 2017 holiday season, after which they’ll be moved to their permanent home in the Hall of Gems and Minerals (slated to open in 2019).
“With new large-scale specimens, the redesigned exhibits will tell the fascinating story of how approximately 4,500 different types of minerals arose on our dynamic planet, how scientists classify them, and how humans have fashioned them into gems and used them throughout history for personal adornment, tools, and technology,” says the press release.
Consider this writer a groupie for the rocks, already.