So I’ll be perfectly honest, when the trend for sliced precious stones such as agate and amethyst and geodes and jagged crystals hit the interior world I was a skeptic. I actually do like crystals and precious stones and we have this display tray that belongs to the kids that has all sorts of stuff from nature on it, including some amazing-looking weird and wonderful crystals and minerals and stones, but on a whole I was like, no thanks, it’s all too ‘Cango Caves curio shop chic’ for me. But truth be told I’m really warming to the idea and can see how, in small doses, a few sliced pieces of precious stone and impressive crystals left on display can be quite lovely and certainly will give your home a bit of that cabinet of curiosities vibe, not to mention stunning burst of jewel colours.
A few rock solid ways to introduce the trend include…
* A pair of bookends. I’ve seen that TYPO currently have amethyst-style geode bookends (not the ones pictured below). I’m not sure if the TYPO ones are real of faux but they’re very cool and sparkly and really quite pretty. I spotted the pair at the factory shop in Access Park but apparently they’re in-store too.
* Large-scale prints. Look out online at poster shops such as the fabulous Art.Com or ETSY for really lovely photo prints or what I like even more, vintage posters of precious mineral and rocks.
* Check out Love Milo’s subtle and beautiful Mineral range on Superbalist (last pic)
* A mineral-inspired wallpaper mural can be dramatic and eye-catching. I really like Gruvmalm by Rebel Walls (second pic down) to order from St Leger & Viney. Robin Sprong also has a Textures collection with marble and onyx-effect imagery that can be customised in the colour of your choice. And check out Dreamweaver Studios Resource collection for veined marble imagery
* Display a collection of stones, sliced geodes and crystals with air plants or succulents on a brass or copper tray
* Also display a small collection of crystals along with other natural ephemera in a terrarium. Typo and H&M homeware department have great selections of glass display boxes and terrariums
* You can buy sliced agate and other minerals at The Scratch Patch in Cape Town
* Check out the gorgeous Geode range of duvet covers at Society 6