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Remarkable Colors, Textures, and Combinations Characterize László Kupi’s Vibrant Portraits of Minerals

March 14, 2024

Kate Mothes

A tree-shaped pink mineral growing out of a yellow mineral base.

Cobalt-bearing aragonite from Baiyangping ore field, Yunnan, China. Courtesy of Mond Chang. All images © László Kupi, shared with permission

One of the things that makes minerals and crystals so compelling is that we just don’t see them very often. While some like salt, quartz, and mica form on the earth’s surface, others are found deep within the planet’s crust. From prismatic pillars to cerulean tufts to lime-green nodes, the inorganic growths take myriad forms.

Budapest-based ore geologist and photographer László Kupi has been fascinated by the crystalline structures since childhood, spurring a passion for documenting their remarkable diversity. His portraits span a veritably endless assortment of shapes, sizes, colors, and combinations, capturing astonishing interactions between a wide variety of specimens.

The subjects of Kupi’s images form in a range of environments and conditions. Some emerge through a hydrothermal process in which hot water melts the minerals, seeping through fractures in porous rock and re-collecting in pockets and veins. Others emerge from metamorphic reactions in the earth’s crust, solidify from molten rock, or change through weathering and erosion.

Kupi documents minerals in his own collection along with those found in institutions and natural history archives around the world. Explore more on his website, and follow Instagram for updates.

A side-by-side image of two minerals. On the left, red crystalline nodes grow out of a dark base. On the right, a pillar crystal has a prismatic color scheme with a black top.

Left: Vanadinite from Mibladen, Morocco. Courtesy of Mond Chang. Right: Multi-colored Elbaite from Barra de Salinas, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Courtesy of GetGemstoned

Gold-colored ray-shaped minerals intersect with a quartz crystal.

Rutile, Hematite with Quartz from Novo Horizonte, Bahia, Brazil. Courtesy of Stephanie Joplin Tabbah

A red and purple crystal combination.

Rhodochrosite, Fluorite from Sweet Home Mine, Colorado. Courtesy of Kyle Kevorkian

A side-by-side image of two minerals. On the left, amethyst grows out of a golden base. On the right, a detail of a delicate cerulean blue mineral that looks fuzzy.

Left: Scapter Amethyst from Goboboseb, Namibia. Courtesy of Creighton Beery. Right: Cyanotrichite from Quiglong, Guizhou, China. Courtesy of GetGemstoned

A lime-green mineral with lots of small crystalline nodes.

Pyromorphite from the Daoping Mine, Guanxi, China. Courtesy of Mond Chang

A composite mineral with different types of crystals and textures.

Blue cap tourmaline from Dara-i-Pech, Kunar, Afghanistan. Courtesy of Green Mountain Minerals

A side-by-side image of two minerals. On the left, a metallic hematite, and on the left, a gold floret grows out of a quartz crystal.

Left: Hematite from Cavradi, Switzerland. Private collection. Right: Gold on Quartz from the Mockingbird Mine, California. Courtesy of Kyle Kevorkian

A bright pink crystal.

Cobaltoan Calcite from Kolwezi, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Courtesy of Christophe Gobin Minerals

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