Recently I went to the Metropolitan Museum to see the show Art of the Royal Court: Treasures in Pietre Dure from the Palaces of Europe. This show organized around the Italian-originated art of Pietre Dure (hardstone carving), presented a vast array of Renaissance-era furniture and objects inlaid with precious gems and minerals or fashioned directly from these organic materials. Under the patronage of the Medici family in Florence, the art form flourished and proliferated throughout Europe. I was really mesmerized by the beauty of the collection and immediately became intrigued by the idea of doing a post on a gem and mineral beauty product. While there are many familiar beauty brands that utilize minerals in their lines, i.e. Bare Minerals and L'Oreal among others, I wanted to find a product that is as aesthetically pleasing as it is good for your skin. These Gemstone Soaps by T.S. Pink come in a variety of exquisite forms including Jasper, Lapis Lazuli, Amethyst (shown), Malachite (shown), and Fire Opal (shown), with delicious scents like cucumber, almond, and peach. These will look gorgeous in your bathroom and are wonderfully moisturizing for your skin. Indulge in some precious gemstones for yourself or someone special, and don't forget to go see the show at the Met.
photo credit soaps: http://www.magicalomaha.com/gemstonesoaps.htm
photo credit tabletop: Console Tabletop with Allegory of Air, 1766, Galleria dei Lavori, Florence, design by Giuseppe Zocchi, Hardstones in an alabaster ground, Louvre, Paris (http://www.metmuseum.org).