It’s an art form conceptualised and created by Mother Earth. Mineral art, collected from some of the most unusual places in the world, is the next hot thing in the art circuit. A rare collection of precious stones and crystals, the art pieces once collected from the crust of the earth are water washed and tweaked by various artisans from different backgrounds. These art works, now a part of the National Handicrafts Design Gallery and Museum, Delhi under the name ‘Earth Treasures’, are beautiful art pieces, sculptures and décor items.
“The collection is highly exclusive and has a life span of 65 million years,” says K.C. Pandey of Gargoti Museum, Nasik, one of the first and only museums in India for Mineral art. “After collecting the pieces, we get the artists to work on them. But the work is done in such a fashion that the originality of the pieces is not lost.”
The Museum aims to showcase the unique and exquisite handicrafts of Indian artisans. “The artisans need a global platform. So, the aim was to get this work here and attract more buyers.”
There are around 150 to 170 varieties of stones displayed at the museum, including emerald, gold, silver, platinum and many more. The price for these pieces starts from Rs 25,000 and can go upto one crore.