chic or geek

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When I was in Washington DC a few weeks ago for work, I made a point to stop in to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, solely for its Gem and Mineral exhibit. I could spend all day looking at geodes, crystals, and other gorgeous specimens, and I've always been drawn to jewelry that showcases the raw beauty of the earth.

The French jewelry brand HAND AND HAND does this perfectly, matching minimalist metals with natural stones from all over the world. Her workspace looks like it could be the backroom of a natural history museum (and I would know, I used to work at one). Her mixing of raw beauty with polished gold is just so darn chic. I couldn't find purchasing information on her site, and I'm 100% sure that I couldn't afford it, so for now, I'll settle for following her on Instagram.

art | minerals by Carly Waito

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Amethyst Mountain . Oil on panel, 14" x 11"

Amethyst Mountain. Oil on panel, 14" x 11"

when I worked at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, I would take any excuse to stroll through the museum's exquisite Hall of Minerals.  to think that such exquisite and shiny masterpieces come straight from the earth is mind-blowing.  imagine my delight, then, when I stumbled across these mesmerizing paintings on the Benah blog.

Carly Waito's paintings are some of the most incredibly stunning, realistic portrayals of anything in the natural world that I've ever seen.  see more of her work here