Stone Ages

Stone Ages

As we settle into a new status quo, be sure to keep an eye on your vitamins and minerals, starting with this 2016 photo essay.

The Peabody Museum has called its David Friend Hall a “state-of-the-art gem and mineral gallery.” I call it a gemnasium, where your sense of wonder gets a workout.

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The gallery’s contents—many of which are loaned from private collections and therefore rarely otherwise seen by the public—are astounding. Some, including a 50 million-year-old fossil slab, are massive. Gazing at their shapes, colors and textures, all bathed in dramatic light and shadow, is enough to reignite the interest many of us had in mineralogy as kids.

It amazes current kids too, of course, but David Friend Hall proves there’s no single stone age.

Written and photographed by Dan Mims. This story originally published on October 21, 2016.

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