Faces of Eternity: Gemstone Skull Exhibit

Faces of Eternity: Gemstone Skull Exhibit
Materials: Rock Crystal Quartz, Snowflake Obsidian, Gold Vermeil.

A remarkable skull exhibit is heading to Elmhurst for the summer months. “Faces of Eternity” will run July 1st through November 2nd at the The Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art (“Lapidary” is the art of cutting and polishing stone). Peruvian artist Luis Alberto Quispe Aparicio carved fifteen skulls from different gem crystals and ornamental rock with the intention of giving them an eternal life of their own. Various personalities tend to result from the differences in the colors and textures of each stone.

Working with unique materials such as pink opal, fossilized whale bone, rainforest jasper, snowflake obsidian, and peanut wood agate, Aparicio seeks to pursue the bond between human mortality and the classic timelessness of these beautiful gemstones. The process of creating these wonders is a lengthy one. Most of the skulls take around three months to complete after carving, polishing, sculpting, metalsmithing, and jewelry-making.

Materials: Petrified Peanut Wood on Obsidian.

Materials: Petrified Peanut Wood on Obsidian.

The artist will give a program at the Lizzadro Museum later this year in early November. The museum is always free on Fridays, as well as being free every day for active members of armed forces and museum members. Ticket prices: Adults $5; Seniors 60+ $4; Students/Teens $3; Kids ages 7-12 $2; Children under 7 get in free.

Located at the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art, 220 Cottage Hill Avenue in Wilder Park, Elmhurst, IL 60126. Be sure to visit the neat gift shop for all your gemstone needs, be it jewelry, stone bookends, crystal quartz rock, or carved soapstone animals. For more information, call 630-833-1616 or visit the website.

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