For a while now I’ve been a big fan of crystals such as agate, quartz and amethyst as design elements. As Nate Berkus says, every room benefits from something natural – and there are few things as naturally beautiful as crystals! It’s like having a piece of nature inside your home, and yet it’s as pretty and sparkly as a piece of jewelry. I love that they’re a bit rough and organic, and yet feminine as well. A few lovely examples:
Being as big a fan of these items as I am, and knowing how expensive they can be, I was really, really shocked and delighted when my Mom and I visited the Museum of Natural History and found amazing, and amazingly well-priced, amethysts and crystals of all shapes, sizes, and incarnations in the gift shop! Seriously…shockingly inexpensive (you can shop some here, but the selection is really much better in person). Agate bookends for $29.99, agate coasters for $5.99…amazing. I wound up getting this gorgeous amethyst piece:
Word to the wise: don’t be so shocked by the affordable price that you decide to ask the clerks if the crystals are real…because they will give you a look to indicate that you’re really dumb. Not that I experienced that or anything (cough, cough)….
I love how my new amethyst piece looks tucked away amid my candle, jewelry, and perfume on my vanity. I like that it’s rough and imperfect, as a contrast to the very girly jewelry, and yet the color blends in wonderfully. Nate is so right – something natural just adds so much to a space!
Here are some online options that I like for crystals, some pricy, and some a bit more affordable:
Seriously though…if you’re in NYC and looking to take home a souvenir that won’t just languish in your drawer, or is a little more stylish than a shot glass or keychain or whatnot, go to the Museum of Natural History and get one of their quartz pieces! They have coasters, bookends, chunks that you can just put somewhere like I did…and you’ll be shocked at the awesome prices.