The trend : revive ancestral rituals, some involving the influence of stones (lithotherapy) and various gems on our well-being. For this to work, the most important thing is to believe in it!
Victoria Beckham’s creed: my stones go everywhere with me
Victoria Beckham is a firm believer in lithotherapy, and even attributes her success to stones. She always carries a piece of black obsidian in her bag to ward off bad vibrations. In her Winter 2018 ready-to-wear collection, she has had obsidian sewn into the pockets of a pair of trousers. She has also designed necklaces and pendants in howlite, rose quartz and jade, and unworked tiger’s eye charms to be worn on a belt.
Cristaux & Couleurs, Paris
Cristaux & Couleurs specializes in lithotherapy. Here you will find stones you can slip into your pocket or under your pillow. Magnificent minerals hold sway on tables, while small stones are arranged by color in transparent drawers. Here, they help you choose and use stones as magical remedies to combat sleeplessness, attract love or boost self-confidence. They also draw up your “crystal chart” with 13 stones – a kind of mineral identity card reflecting your personality, defining the type of crystal you may need. It all takes place in a welcoming, joyful atmosphere without a hint of charlatanism.
Cristaux et Couleurs – 76, rue du Cherche-Midi 75006 Paris
Jacquie Aiche’s Now Age in Los Angeles
In a showroom highly popular with Hollywood society, designer Jacquie Aiche does not only present her hippy-chic jewelry collections, including her Kabbalistic Blesslev amulets: the first floor is also devoted to her world of wellness. The spacious room furnished with a large gong and sheepskin rugs is used for Kundalini yoga sessions. Alongside it, Cynthia Franco, dermatologist to celebrities like Salma Hayek, comes to give treatments twice a week, while Sylvain, a follower of the Kabbalah, provides the benefits of his esoteric readings. This is a secret venue you can only enter by appointment.
Ilado: the maternity necklace
Sandra Zeller has created a bell-pendant inspired by the bola, a traditional Mayan object. Worn low over a pregnant woman’s belly, “it can be heard by the baby from the age of four months,” she says. The crystalline chime becomes a sound imprint the newborn will then recognize and be soothed by. The pendant can be hung over babies’ cots or sewn into their comforters.
Jewelry and sensuality: Betony Vernon
This American designer has set herself the task of fighting taboos related to pleasure, highlighting rituals that involve jewelry. Some pieces are purely decorative; some contribute to daily well-being, like the “Sensual Spheres” ring for massaging a shoulder or the forehead in the event of a migraine. Others have a more intimate purpose, like the “Ben Wa Balls” introduced into the vagina to strengthen the muscles, or the “Noble Knots” made of plaited gold and silver ropes. Special orders are an option as well. Betony Vernon also stages exhibitions to explain how to use her objects and raise awareness about the creative aspect essential to a relationship. By appointment.