Typically when I think of crystals it calls to mind wind chimes, candles, harp music playing over ocean sounds and the suffocating musk of incense – essentially your typical new age shop. Though olfactorily-offensive, they exist as places of peace, healing and positive energy.
Such images are sharply juxtaposed with a symbol of violence and force in Debra Baxter’s 2009 sculptural piece Crystal Brass Knuckles (I am going to realign your chakras motherf*****). Cleverness and symbolism aside, it is one kick-ass piece of jewelry.
While the crystal brass knuckles may not be ideal for everyday wear, Baxter offers a selection of scaled down and perfectly wearable options in her online shop, Debra Baxter : Crystal Bomb.
The collection of rings, cuffs and all variety of adornments are unmatched in drama and natural splendor. Prices, however, sent my chi all out of line. They may be perfectly reasonable for the one-of-a-kind jewels, but they are not within my current budget.
Luckily, I found a few alternatives that are well within reach.
This Etsy seller based out of New York creates beautiful rings from quartz and amethyst, all priced at $30 and under. If you hurry, the entire Nu Bambu shop is 20% off for a limited time to help the artist raise money for emergency laptop repair (use code 20PERCENT).
Larkin and Larkin
[Larkin & Larkin Raw Amethyst Crystal Cluster Lilac Lightening Ring, $26; Amethyst Crystal Cluster Cocktail Ring, $32]
The huge amethyst chunk rings sold by Larkin and Larkin are an affordable alternative at $25-35 each. In addition, this Providence, RI, artist sells jewelry and accessories made from feathers, beads, and all types rock, mineral and druzy. Each piece is a unique creation from natural elements.