Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano Spews Green Crystals

The lava currently erupting from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano happens to be very crystal-rich. Launching some 130 feet into the air and landing on and near homes, olivine—an olive green gem—happens to be common on the island (and turns certain beaches green) but not usually falling from the sky. The gems were formed under the ground long ago, but the violent eruption spews them and separates …

Design Miami 2015: Fernando Romero Enterprise’s Replica of the Sun

A multi-sensory sculpture made in collaboration with Swarovski

It’s impossible to deny the impact of the sun upon art. More than providing the light and igniting the colors for our eyes to interpret a piece, the sun has acted as a muse for centuries and across cultures. A new homage, by Mexico City-based architecture and design firm Fernando Romero Enterprise (FR-EE) offers a stunning new take on the depths of solar inspiration. The …

Chakrubs Crystal Sex Toys

Chic, dye-free objects for thoughtful pleasure made from stones like black onyx and rose quartz

As an alternative to the vast array of technologically advanced sex toys, New York-based Chakrubs offers quite the opposite: simple, chic crystal sex toys. The stones have been carefully sourced from around the world, then shaped and polished without chemicals or dyes at select lapidaries. These all-natural toys draw inspiration from the metaphysical principles some associate with certain crystals and stones—all of which coincides with …

Miami Art Week 2013: Glass

Clear, crystalline and dynamic uses of an every day component

Of all the materials put to use and on display during Miami’s art extravaganza, we saw several shimmering, shiny—but also innovative—works utilizing glass. Fragile, see-through and with the ability to morph light and color, it’s as multidimensional as it is straightforward. It completed collages, accented drawings and encased moments of time. And in one instance, an installation matched and enhanced a collaborative collection of haute …