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Inspired by Mega Crystals 50 Feet Long
By Deborah Jackson
January 07, 2013
It takes so much courage to found a company. Especially if you are a woman from Mexico where it is an anomaly for a woman to found and own a company. Erika Ponce is a strong woman who drew inspiration for her new line from the Naica Mines in Mexico where mega crystals that are taller than humans were discovered. These crystals were formed over 500 years ago in the core of the earth from water and severe heat. PlumAlley.co has the privilege of launching Mina Ro Mina’s new 2013 Naica Collection, where Erika incorporates into her jewelry angles, architectural spaces and voids to mimic the lines of beauty in the caves.
Deep in the Naica mines of Chihuahua, Mexico, striking Selenite (Gypsum) crystals of up to 50 feet long create a glistening landscape of jagged beauty. Nearly a thousand feet below the surface, the otherworldly mine has produced some of the largest natural crystals ever found, due in part to the hydrothermal fluids supplied by magma chambers below.
These giant projections are nurtured with mineral-rich water heated to roughly 136 degrees Fahrenheit, a temperature that would prove lethal to most humans.
Known to many as ‘Cueva de los Cristales’, these behemoth crystals serve as the inspiration behind Mina Ro Mina’s newest line, ‘Naica’. A celebration of the raw beauty of the Naica mine crystals, her line explores the natural geometry found in these selenite crystals and the provocative angles they create.