The market for fossils, meteorites and other geological curiosities has grown rapidly over the last 20 years, with collectors drawn to the rarest of examples. Yet it’s their decorative qualities, rather than their historical significance, that guarantee success at auction.
Anyone interested in geeking out on rare, natural minerals and stones will want to head directly to the Wilensky gallery, located in New York City’s Chelsea arts district. Aside from presenting these pieces as one would art, Wilensky has dedicated itself to holding a number of exhibitions as well.
Known for its exceptional mineral specimens, Wilensky Fine Minerals is sure to lure even more enthusiasts to its New York gallery with a display of rare, faceted grandidierites, supplied by Mineral Arts manager and gem dealer, Brice Gobin. Here we find out more about these unusual gemstones that are destined for high-jewellery houses and private collections worldwide.
When I was in Tucson, the team at Omi Gems’ booth treated me to something special: a viewing of not one but six grandidierite gems.
I had heard of the gemstone before but had never seen one in person. As it turns out, not many people have. They’re rare, and let me tell you, they’re gorgeous.
Collecting minerals offers a lesson in the fine art of crystal gazing.