|By Ki Hackney
You don’t need a crystal ball to spot the extra shot of sparkle radiating from heads to toes this summer. For example, Valentino and Miu Miu covered stylish ballerinas with crystals, while Bulgari encrusted the arms of sunglasses with Swarovski crystal floral and cut-out designs, and Judith Leiber offers a crystal-coated lipstick case for those who need just a bit of gloss during the evening.
Being of a practical mind, or lazy as the case may be, I bought my polished clear quartz bead choker on an elastic cord, from the jeweler at my herbalist in Chinatown (who seems to match stones to every personality or body type in the neighborhood). Rock crystal is said to supply strength and energy, encourage clarity of mind, and improve perception and understanding. Imagine. All those benefits from a single atom of silicon and two of oxygen…plus, of course, years of heat and pressure.
It’s hard to resist the call of these crystalline gems at Verdura, Mish, Bergdorf’s, Saks, Barney’s, Magnificent Costume Jewels, Fragments, or David Webb. Let it shine!
|Above left: Faceted rock crystal nugget necklace with ramshorn ring and toggle from Mish, price upon request, at Mish New York, 131 East 70th Street, 212-734-3500.
Right, top to bottom: Stephen Dweck’s faceted rock crystal oval earrings, $350.00; Crystal egg earrings by Temple St. Clair, $725.00, both available at Saks Fifth Avenue, 611 Fifth Avenue at 50th Street, 212-753-4000 or www.saksfifthavenue.com.
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