Setting the stage for an extraordinary showcase of Indonesia’s geological wonders, The Apurva Kempinski Bali collaborates with Caroline Pandolfo-Renou to present a remarkable exhibition of stones from West Java and Kalimantan. This exhibition invites guests to discover Indonesia’s enigmatic and rich history encapsulated within each of the six ancient stones from West Java and Kalimantan, displayed in the resort’s Pendopo Lobby. The exhibition was officially launched on the 22nd November 2023 in an intimate evening featuring insightful stories by Caroline Pandolfo-Renou and the renowned anthropologist Dr. Lawrence Blair.
Celebrating Indonesia’s enigmatic past and heritage through its geological wonders…
Caroline Pandolfo-Renou is a passionate stone artist who designs unique pieces personalised to the owner’s needs and resonates with health, love, luck, wealth, and wisdom by considering their lithotherapy, numerology, astrology & geo-biology characteristics. For over two decades, she has been exploring and uncovering the beauty of Indonesia. Her fascination towards ancient stones led her to embark on an adventurous journey to Sukabumi – West Java, where she discovered stones of rare beauty bearing the imprints of Indonesia’s rich history. Captivating the narrative of Indonesia’s geological wonders and their profound connection to the world, these stones are displayed alongside Caroline’s sacred jewellery, allowing visitors to delve into the origins of the Powerful Indonesia during the exhibition.
One of the exhibited stones is the Heart stone from the Sukabumi region in West Java. It is a heart-shaped Septarian concretion as the result of sedimentary marine components spanning millions of years since the era when the ocean was at a significantly higher level than today. When the ocean receded, sediments solidified and dried in the ambient air, allowing the crystallization of minerals that turned into rock. Embedded with quartz and accumulated the history of several millennia, this stone is considered as a grounding stone that connects the physical body and the energetic elements of the Earth.
Subsequently, originating from the slopes of Mount Pangrango in West Java, the Ages, Time, and Trace stones exhibit the beauty of Petrified Wood Silicified pieces. Their transformation process took millions of years buried in volcanic soil to protect from decomposition by oxygen amid rich water surroundings that create mineralisation through silica filtration, which over time, forms quartz. It is a grounding stone linked to the root chakra ‘Muladhara’, fostering a connection with ancestors and origins.
Hailing from the southern part of Kalimantan, Peace stone is a White Agate engraved with Balinese Sanskrit Mantras dedicated to Peace, Love and Harmony. Its stabilising energy brings calmness and a sense of security. Finally, crafted from Calcite sourced from Kalimantan, the Light stone conveys a message that art contributes to bringing light to the world. Known for its unique ability to split light rays into two, Calcite embodies significant advancements in optics and vision fields, yet it exudes comfort and mental clarity.
In a momentous launch of the exhibition, the esteemed anthropologist Dr. Lawrence Blair shares his profound insights into the formation and evolution of cultures, lending his expertise to interpret and contextualise the significance of these ancient stones in Indonesia’s lush narrative.
“It is yet another exciting collaboration to showcase the natural and cultural wonders of Indonesia. This Stone Exhibition in collaboration with Caroline Pandolfo-Renou speaks volumes about the nation’s rich heritage found in the ancient stone. We are grateful for the opportunity to share the captivating narratives of these treasures, inviting everyone to explore and unlock the secrets of Indonesia’s powerful legacy.”
Explore more of the ancient stones from the ‘Stone Exhibition Witness by Caroline Pandolfo-Renou’ by visiting the Pendopo Lobby at The Apurva Kempinski Bali.