Schreffler, a store associate at Juju boutique in
Pittsburgh's Point Breeze neighborhood, shows off
a piece of amethyst.
— Want to add some sparkle to your life in 2017?
Crystals and gemstones are one way to do it.
majestic minerals are having a moment in fashion. On the
runway, designers Elie Saab, Givenchy and Dries Van
Noten dressed up their collections with oversized stone
accessories. Seeing them on celebrities — Adele,
Victoria Beckham and Katy Perry — have only added to
gem dangling from a skinny suede choker or chunky
leather wrap bracelets mixed with crystals are some of
the ways the trend has been adapted from nighttime glam
to casual chic.
seeing more of a day crystal," says Kimberly
Coppola, owner of Serendipity, an accessories boutique
in Pleasant Hills. "It’s nice to see some
other local shops have seen a surge in interest in not
only these stones’ alluring looks but also in the
ancient beliefs that they may promote self-restoration,
protection and prosperity.
recent seasons, a number of beauty products formulated
with crystals have appeared with claims that they can
help stimulate the skin. Some are for sale at RadRitual,
a holistic wellness store in Bloomfield. In particular,
soaps and "bath bombs" with crystals inside
have been "crazy popular," owner Chloe
Nordlander says. It also carries locally sourced stones
and rare finds from around the world, which are
incorporated into on-site Tarot readings and Reiki
sessions it offers.
Juju in Point Breeze, a large table of stones is a
centerpiece inside the store, which specializes in
think the reason we choose to wear crystals as adornment
is it tells other people that we’re tapped into these
energies," says owner Leslie McAllister. "I
ask people, ‘What are you attracted to?’ I let them
feel that magnetic pull to what they’re needing in
to try crystals and stones? Here are some basics …
Sobering and clarifying
quartz: Self-love and healing
tourmaline: Considered the "evil eye of
minerals" because it’s believed to repel
Wealth and abundance
and garnets: Vitality and vigor
or smoky quartz: Paired with other stones to amplify
GEM OF A BOOK
by the uptick of crystals in style and pop culture,
"Elemental Energy: Crystal and Gemstone Rituals for
a Beautiful Life" by Kristin Petrovich (HarperElixir,
$32.99) is a new coffee-table book that explores the
history of these natural beauties and how they’ve come
to be incorporated into accessories, decor, beauty
products and more. Plus, vibrant photography of stones
of all sorts. Petrovich is the co-founder of SJAL, a
luxury skincare line beloved by the stars that’s
infused with metals, crystals and gemstones.