A collection millions of years in the making, Elements is all about natural, semi-precious stones that we find around the world and fashion into sculptural furnishings and decorative accessories. From tabletop slices of agate to colossal amethyst tables, white quartz and malachite boulders and onyx carved bowls, we have amassed an assortment that will truly dazzle and amaze. Discover this exciting new range of designs in our showrooms around the country, in our latest catalogs and online.
Husband and wife, Mark and Julie Phillips, founded Phillips Collection on their love of travel and discovery. Elements is an expansion on their shared passion, taking them to new places in Southern Mexico and visiting areas outside of Porto Alegre, Brazil. In their exploration of this new terrain, we are now able to bring you the beautiful natural elements we’ve discovered in these two different countries on two very different continents. The mountains and caves of Brazil are where we find spectacular amethyst and agate, and in the dry boulders of Mexico we are able to carve out beautifully striated onyx bowls for you and your customers to enjoy and take pleasure in. This is just a small piece of our Elements story.
Sourcing Onyx. One Boulder at a Time.
In a world where an Airbus A380 can takeoff weighing over one million pounds, you’d think that we’d be mass-producing the stunning onyx bowls we bring you in our Elements Collection. That’s anything but the case, and a large part of what makes our pieces so special.
In Southern Mexico, a tripod is assembled above a 150-foot vertical drop – clearly not a job for the claustrophobic. Once at the base, only one 200-pound boulder can be brought up at a time. The tripod cannot support any additional weight and the excursion must be carefully controlled, as there is a stream of water below, adding additional challenges to the task.
Once above the rocks and safely on land, the carving can begin. These boulders show no evidence of great beauty on the outside. The artisans work with the natural striations to create the organic forms of the bowls. Each one unique. Each one beautiful.