have been making decorative items out of stones and minerals for thousands of
At the very beginning when man began using
tools, rocks were the first
choice after wood because stones were so durable. As societies became more
advanced and fire was harnessed to help shape tools, human civilization
underwent great changes as societies learned to use metals like copper, iron,
bronze and steel. That is why some of our human civilization time periods are
named after rocks and minerals such as The Stone Age and the Bronze Age.
very early on, people have been decorating the things they use and their homes.
Stone carvings and sculptures have been favourites items made of stones and
People have adorned themselves with rocks & minerals since
earliest times. Jewelry is common to all
Once it was known how to chip stones to make arrow heads, people also turned to
making sculptures out of stone and decorating their day to day tools.
this early beginning, rocks and minerals have been used to fashion
crafts. Today people who like rocks & minerals are involved in such crafts
as soapstone carving, making eggs and
art and viewing stones just to name a few.
Gem Trees are often made by
hobbyists who are interested in doing crafts.
Of course since everything that is
not grown is made of rocks and minerals, almost everything starts out coming
from the earth. What makes these crafts different is that for the most part they
use the natural beauty of rocks and minerals as a starting off point for their
Some artists use the patterns
in rocks as inspirations for the design of wallpaper
& paint finishes.
landscapes and use the patterns they see in
nature to make abstract paintings.
is a painter who draws his inspirations from the rock formations found in
the Georgian Bay area of Ontario.
Photographers use the camera as a medium to
capture the beauty of rocks - either in nature or close-up at a
No matter how you look at them,
rocks are beautiful and are the foundation of all that is around us.