Lately according to Instagram I’ve been going crazy for crystals. It started with my getting back into jewellery, now I like having them around me all the time:
Clockwise from Top left: I’m wearing my handmade ‘downward spiral’ fossil necklace, hematite wand, and rainbow-moonstone cross/ Miniature specimen jars catch the sunlight on my window sill/ Detail close-up of my tumble stone collection that goes back 20 years/ Thinking out loud; a spiral of labradorite, agate and aquamarine on fabric, as possible textile art.
I’ve been collecting crystals since the 1990s, and got my first crystal pendant as a gift in 1996. I made the fossil pendant (above) myself from a stone I bought in Cambridge circa 2000. I don’t make jewellery often since I hoard the beads and can’t bear to split them up to make things, so I’ve been thinking of solutions to that like putting them in specimen jars and possibly sewing them on fabric to make textile art.
Crystals bring out the total magpie in me, and I love that they are steeped both in science and in esoteric lore. I’ve had different favourite stones at different times in my life and at the moment garnet and rainbow-moonstone/ labradorite are speaking to me the loudest. Do you collect crystals or any other shiny things? What brings out the magpie in you? I’d love to hear about it in the comments.