New arrivals at Nature Gallery this month include museum quality one-of-a-kind fossils. You won’t want to miss seeing the 32 Million Year old Saber Tooth Cat, Alligator Snapping Turtle and a six foot by nine foot, 55 million year old Palm Fossil from the Green River Formation in Wyoming. Pictured below are Paleontologist Stefan Perner(left) before his presentation at the Silicon Valley Nexus Meetup. Also pictured are SVNexus organizers, Carol Garsten and Arthur Bebak.
Aquamarine is the March Birthstone.
Stone and Petrified wood vases by Jennifer Cull and Victor Klodin are perfect for an office desk or to show someone how much you care.
Nature Gallery would like to honor a revered adventurer whom we have the distinct pleasure of featuring his works of art. Don Wobber passed away January 21st 2014 in Pacific Grove, Ca. Don was the most influential diver and artist that started the Big Sur Jade movement in California. His feats include a listing in the Guinness Book of World Records, for largest jade boulder recovered. He has been mentioned in National Geographic as, “among the best of the world’s contemporary jade sculptors”. Don’s life was always involved with the sea, and Jade gave him the creative outlet to express that bond. Don Wobber will be missed, but his works of art are still featured in museums, art galleries, and private collections. Feel free to stop by Nature Gallery and remember Don by hugging the largest sculpture of his we are featuring, Machapucare.
We have recently added Fossil Dinosaur Teeth, Black Diamond Jewelry, an assortment of Garnet jewelry and Specimens, and some gorgeous Petrified Wood.
The Big Sur Jade Event is over, but Nature Gallery still has many of the fine pieces that were displayed over the weekend. Come by and enjoy the tactile pleasure of touching masterfully sculpted Big Sur Jade. Take a look at some of the pictures from First Friday below, keep in mind these photo’s do no justice to the jade.
Jason “Cavey” Salter has been connected with the sea his entire life. As a surfer he gained a deep love of being in and near the ocean and appreciating everything about it. 15 years ago he started collecting pieces of Jade from the Big Sur coast of California. 12 years ago Cavey learned to dive and he’s been diving for large pieces of Big Sur jade ever since.
Jason’s art work began in the mediums of beads and wood art, as he became familiar with jade his art evolved into jade sculptures. The first piece of jade Cavey ever sold was found in the water then sold on the beach. The rest, as they say, is history.
“The ocean is healing for me, no matter what I’m doing, as long as I am near the water.” Jason’s love of the ocean, and all things from it, has truly turned into a labor of love. “Jade is my way of bringing something naturally beautiful to people. It makes me feel good sharing the positive energy with people. “
Jason finds most of his best pieces of jade after a big storm. The heaving tides stir up the debris on the ocean floor making them easier to find while diving. His favorite area to dive is in Jade Cove California, where he always begins his dive by swimming up to a familiar large jade boulder and hugging it before starting his search.
Other than the gear Jason uses for diving, he uses a 3′ pry bar and a length of rope along with his own manpower to wrestle large pieces of jade from the surf. Once he has the pieces on land he uses a handheld grinder or a wheel grinder to finely polish and carve the fine stones he finds into gorgeous sculptures. His very first grinder, was traded for jade. His life is fully immersed in the shared love of ocean and jade.
Jason would also like to commemorate his best jade hunting companion, Tugboat. She was the best dog for a jade harvester during long beach combing days. She will be forever missed and be a cherished friend to Jason.
Nature Gallery is your source of exquisite minerals, fossils and one of a kind pieces of jewelry from around the world. Whether you are looking for a gift for yourself, someone else or are just stopping by to enjoy the natural works of art, you will be delighted with the collection that Nature Gallery owner, Carol Garsten, has carefully selected. Many customers say that Nature Gallery is like a museum, except you can buy things. Items in the gallery range from 50 cents to thousands of dollars. The pictures on this website are wonderful, but cannot compare to the experience of seeing them with your own eyes and hearing about the stories that our knowledgeable staff is eager to share with you.
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