Written on May 18, 2012 at 9:00 am , by Kate
There are a lot of home accessories appearing in stores that are making one subject of science popular again and that’s geology. Geology is the study of the rocks of the Earth and what they reveal about its history and while some might consider it that uninteresting subject you skipped in college, one thing is true, geological rocks make stunning “jewelry” for the home!
The hottest rock right now is agate, a microcrystalline form of silica found in various forms of volcanic rock. It’s formed when cavities in the volcanic rock are penetrated with gasses and/or water that contains silica, and over time the layers and bands are produced inside the rock. One form of agate appears as layers of chalcedony on the outside with crystalline quartz on the inside. Another form is known as banded agate, and when cut transversely, it reveals a succession of dramatic lines in a variety of colors. But did you know that those saturated hues in brightly colored agate come from a unique dyeing process?
Petrified wood is another geologically formed fossil appearing in home décor. It’s formed when the organic stem tissue of a tree or plant has been replaced by mineral deposits but it still retains the appearance of its original structure. Quartz is another abundant mineral which comes in shades from rose to milky to smoky, and while often used for jewelry, can make a stunning home accent as well.
A few weeks ago I was shopping a popular discount store for designer goods and stumbled across two agate bookends that were so striking, I brought them home for my bookshelves. At $20 for the pair, they became the perfect piece of “jewelry” for my own home.
From top left: Eclipse Chandelier, Emporium Home; Silk Pillow Cover, West Elm, $20; Gavin Table, Mathew Studios, Agate Clock, Vivre, $85, Agate Stacking Boxes, Lille, $95-140, Petrified Wood Bookends, Anthropologie, $148, Quartz Lamp, Shades of Light, $499, Azure Spreaders, Vivre, $60, Decorative Finial, Chic Shop LA, $65; Green Agate Bookends, Phoenix Orion, $42; Pedra Coasters, Rablabs, 4 for $68; Carina Box, RabLabs, $168-260; Whorled Felt Rug, Anthropologie, $698
What about you? Got any geological formations posing as accents in your home too?