Throughout history, people have harvested precious stones, gems, and crystals, not only for their beauty, but for their energy and healing properties. It’s no wonder that they turned these precious stones into talismans that could be carried around the neck or kept on one’s person at all times, thereby harnessing the earthly powers they were known for. Talismans were transformed into jewelry, which in today’s modern world has become an art form requiring the highest craft and skill.
In the new ‘Les Cristaux‘ jewelry line from Celine, crystal stones harken back to days of old to enlist the essence and energy of the stones for modern creations that capture the natural beauty within. Each stone has been specifically hand-picked by Hedi Slimane for its beauty and symbolic meaning to create a design that is a unique and singular work of amalgamated art.
Take the Tiger’s Eye, a protective talisman used by Roman soldiers to shield themselves as they marched off to war, which later became a favorite of people to wear to help ward off the evil eye. Or Shungite, the mysterious black mineraloid known for its medicinal powers, so much so that Tsar Peter the Great of Russia built the first thermal spas from harvested shungite in order to benefit from its healing properties. Meanwhile, amethysts, known for their deep purple hue, were cut into goblets and used by the Greeks when imbibing so as to ward off the side effects of imbibing too much. (The ancient Greek word for “not drunk” is, of course, “amethyst”). All of these stones have found new meaning in ‘Les Cristaux’.
As ancient and modern collide in ‘Les Cristaux’, Celine has succeeded in channeling the natural elegance of the stones with their innate potency to create timeless pieces of jewelry that are at once beautiful and a force of nature.