Australian Museum Rocks


Australian Museum: Winged Stone

At some point I'd forgotten that I've always had a thing for rocks. As a younger version of myself, I would pick up interesting-looking ones on the playground; scratch them on the asphalt to create thin white lines; take them home to leave at our doorstep, too 'dirty' to take inside; and have games with my brother as we walked home, kicking a rock we had somehow randomly come across. Sometimes an ill-aimed kick would send many a misshapen stone spinning down the storm water drain or out into the road and it was gone, sacrificed.

As a girl, you're told that "diamonds are a girls' best friend", but as I have illustrated, there are many more gemstones that I prefer over the great four 'precious gems' that most people know. Just as gold is not always someone's favourite metal either, and not just because of the cost.

As an aside, I personally am a fan of platinum when it comes to jewellery metals as a whole, but platinum as the chemical element itself is also one of the rarest elements in the Earth's crust as well as a noble metal which drives up the cost. There are different metals in the Platinum group, however, so it's not necessarily platinum itself you're getting. But I digress.

Australian Museum: Emerald

Today Ruben, Sashin, Mad, Seb, Tony and myself went on a little outing to the Australian Museum. I think we had been looking for a different venue, yet somehow had naturally ended up there all the same.

We'd been there before, of course, and not much of the displays had changed although the past 'Oceans' exhibit had been replaced with a 'Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family' one, but we weren't interested in that today.

We started this time in the bone room, which was always where we had ended when I came to the museum with family. I remember because there was always the human skeleton on a bike to drive, the human skeleton in an arm chair with his house mates, and yet another skeleton riding a skeletal horse. Upstairs, however, are the gemstone displays and as usual we spent much longer there than we intended.

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I'll admit, I'm not much of a fan of the stuffed animals, preserved bugs and skeletons at the museum, but however old fashioned and dusty the gemstone level is, I'm always happy to walk through it. The stones glittered as they did last time, still embedded in the nondescript stone they were found. We theorised many things of course, one of which was that these gems likely had enough imperfections that they were displayed here rather than made into jewellery for the masses.

I noticed so much more about the stones this time, as I wandered through with Ruben and Mad and my camera, a little smarter in how to use it. I remember our trip in 2012 did not yield many photos as it was difficult to use a new camera I was unfamiliar with. It's glad to realise a little bit of progress in myself, however small.

Among all the caramel browns, greens and blacks, slowly we began to start seeing foods in the minerals. Rocks were transformed into cookies and cream, biscuits, caramel, chocolate, scones, Iced VoVos and carrot sticks, depending on your interpretation. We took that as a sure sign of an impending lunch even though there was so much still left to see!

Cookies and Cream stoneIced VoVo Stone
Chocolate StoneCarrot Stick Stone

I don't know about you, but I likes me my crystals and other minerals. That rhymed like a treat, and caramel sure is a sweet meat. So how about a carrot stick? That's not what we had for lunch, but all the same, thanks to all for making it a great day~

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