Where Art and Nature Unite


The gallery’s mission is to create a beautiful space in which people of all ages can come to appreciate the incredible beauty that is the mineral kingdom, and to provide a fun, relaxed shopping experience. To that end, La Tierra Mineral Gallery carries items in all price ranges to accommodate both collectors and those who are just learning about minerals and fossils.

 La Tierra Mineral Gallery displays thousands of mineral specimens from around the world. The specimens are available in natural, polished, and carved forms. The carved forms include onyx house wares such as plates, bowls, mortar and pestles, goblets, wine chillers and various size lamps, candleholders made from many different minerals, spheres, hearts, animal carvings including collectable Zuni fetishes.

For those interested in the metaphysical properties of the stones, we have massage wands, rune sets, pendulums, crystals, and books (both reference & metaphysical).

The fossil gallery features the embedded remains of creatures that lived millions of years ago, including bugs that were caught in amber (tree sap from long ago). A large assortment of petrified wood pieces are available in various sizes, some made into bookends and other household items. An ever-changing assortment of beautiful artisan jewelry and a select few from the southwest are also featured.

There are items that are “out of this world,” meteorites that came to Earth millions of years ago, and tektites which were formed when they impacted the earth, including the beautiful green Moldavite.

La Tierra Mineral Gallery was opened at the John Dunn Shops in Taos, New Mexico. Holly Benson, the third owner, bought the gallery in 1996. In July of 2017, our second gallery was opened at the Hammock Shops Village at the heart of Pawleys Island. After 28 years at the John Dunn Shops in Taos, in March 2024, the original Taos gallery closed and moved to the present space at the Hammocks Shops Village in Pawleys Island, South Carolina, which we invite you to visit today.

Get a preview on this website of what’s in store for you when you visit La Tierra Mineral Gallery at The Hammock Shops Village in Pawleys Island, South Carolina. The knowledgeable team welcomes visitors daily, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm (Eastern Time) Monday to Saturday, and 12:00 pm to 5 pm (Eastern Time) on Sunday, with occasional special events. For current information on our events, please call, email, or visit our Facebook page here.

We look forward to talking with you and meeting you. Thank you for your interest in La Tierra Mineral Gallery.


Meet the team

Holly Benson


Holly is a geologist by profession. She divides her time between Houston, Texas, Pawleys Island, South Carolina, and world-wide excursions for business, and to purchase products for La Tierra Mineral Gallery.

Visit La Tierra Mineral Gallery at The Hammock Shops Village, Pawleys Island, South Carolina. Click here for a map of our location at the shops HammockShopsVillage.com