Although minerals have many practical uses, their aesthetic qualities are often overlooked.
The BRLSI Collections' exhibition, Riches of the Earth, reveals the beauty of minerals through the astounding forms and vibrant colours of more than a hundred carefully selected specimens. Alongside these, exquisite close-up photographs allow visitors to appreciate tiny details of crystal form and colour.
The marvellous colours and forms of these natural wonders delight the viewer: glacial blue-green beryl, rainbow-hued opal, fiery red heulandite, lurid yellow sulphur, along with hexagonal prisms of aragonite, eccentrically fused cubes of fluorite and needle-like crystals of Goethite. One group of specimens demonstrate their curious ability to glow in strange colours under UV light, while others have been chosen for their ornate patterns exposed in cross section.
The Institution’s collection of more than 2300 mineral specimens was built up during the 18th and 19th centuries, through the donations of many collectors. It includes beautiful rarities from many different countries, and this is a unique opportunity to see them on display in Bath.
'Riches of the Earth: the Beauty of Minerals' opens on the 8th April 2017, Monday to Saturday 10:00-16.00, until 30th September, and is a free exhibition.