We are delighted that Charlotte Bailey Rocks Fossils & Minerals has been featured in this month’s edition of The Field magazine.  The article focuses on the growth in the use of fossils in high end interior design.

The appeal of fossils is down to the rare combination of aesthetics and nature, as well as the fact that every single piece is, of course, absolutely unique.

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Fossils are ideal for almost any design scheme or palette with a whole range of colours and textures – most fossil colouration is pastel shades, however there are also examples of black and white as well as striking metallic or crystalline elements.

There are also items to suit almost any budget.  Clearly the major items, whole skeletons or large plaques, are very expensive, but Split and Polished Ammonites start at only £30 (though large and rare example can also be in the thousands of pounds).

 

Fossils can also be crafted into artifacts, for instance this stunning Fossil Mosaic Table Top, which combines a fossil bed including Ammonites and Goniatites (200 to 300 million years old) with a surround of Orthoceras (circa 300 million years old) – the black and white contrasting beautifully with softer tones of the centre.  This would provide a real talking point in any room.

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Whilst the article concentrated on fossils, we also stock and sell minerals, some of which would also make great architectural or interior design pieces.  With minerals, of course, one has a much wider palette, ranging from colourless Rock Crystal to bright blue (Lapis Lazuli) or green (Malachite) with a whole variety of combinations as well, for instance the lovely mottled colours of Orbicular (Ocean) Jasper.  There are also unusual and attractive mineral forms such as the near perfect cubes of Iron Pyrite as well as the incredible natural iridescence of Labradorite.

There are even interesting formations, such as this amazing Rose Quartz Slice, which is actually a section through an entire geothermal vent.  You can clearly see a whole range of different mineral types and formations in this fabulous piece.  Again it is large enough to make a real statement in any room as part of an interior design scheme.

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What is very encouraging is to see fossils being featured like this. It is my impression that people in the UK do not value fossils in the way that the Americans and Europeans clearly do. Maybe it is a lack of understanding, education even, meaning that people just don’t understand the rarity or value of these wonderful specimens from all over the world. Yet, when I have exhibited so many adults tell me that they were fascinated by fossils as children, just as their own children clearly still are. Despite that, I have too often heard children wanting to use their pocket money to buy a small item only to have their parents respond “But what would you DO with it?” while leading the child away, the appreciation of these wonderful things having been thoroughly dampened.

Nevertheless, even if it is only because the likes of Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Nicolas Cage are investing, it is great to see interest picking up and people including them, to great effect, in their homes.

Charlotte