Lapidary Medicine: An Evening with Author Nicholas Pearson, Nov. 3

The Gillespie Museum is pleased to host Nicholas Pearson, a former student staff member, who will speak on crystal structure and ethnogeology on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 6-7 p.m. Cultural credit is available to Stetson undergraduates.

From medieval talismans to modern-day healing crystals, humans have sought help and health from rocks and minerals. Pearson will discuss mineral composition and crystal formation as they relate to the history of lapidary medicine, examining the archeological evidence of crystal use and the various roles that gemstones have played in cultures around the world.

Pearson has considered the relationship between humans and minerals for nearly three decades. He began teaching crystal workshops in high school, later learning mineral science at Stetson University, where he worked as a guide at the Gillespie Museum while pursuing an undergraduate degree in music, 2004-2006.  He combines his experience in earth science with his love of crystal legend and lore to bridge the realms of science, spirituality and integrative medicine. Pearson is a frequent guest on radio, podcasts, and television. Recent publications include The Seven Archetypal Stones: Their Spiritual Powers and Teachings (2016) and Crystal Basics: The Energetic, Healing, and Spiritual Power of 200 Gemstones (2020), both available through Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc. He offers classes on crystal healing, Reiki and flower essence therapy online, and throughout the United States. He lives in Orlando.

This conversation will be in the museum, following Safer Stetson guidelines, including required masks and social distancing. Light refreshments will be available on the museum’s front porch. There is limited seating — make a reservation by contacting the museum ([email protected], 386.822.7330).