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Mystic Jewelry from Bullet Casings- Unearthen

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I am frequently amazed at the creativity of artisans who find unusual combinations. Thanks to If it's hip it's here, we can now be introduced to the work of Gia Bahm, the New York-based artisan behind Unearthen. She makes unisex pendants from gemstones and bullet casings which are hung on precious metal chains. The bullet calibre determines the sizing of the pendants from small to large.

Even her unusually designed website highlights her mystical leanings complete with a new age soundtrack. On her website, she describes herself as "a collector, an aestheticist, a creator, and a destructor… much like all of us who are constantly perplexed by the forces of nature and humankind."

Throughout the centuries right up to present time, many people have and still believe in the healing and mystical powers of certain minerals. There is no scientific evidence for crystal healing with these charmstones but even if it can only be explained by the placebo effect or positive thinking, then why not go for it? The Unearthen website allows you to click on each crystal which brings up their perceived properties and powers.

If you adore one-of-a kind new age style jewelry like this, Unearthen's website has links to the international stores which carry this line. Each piece is packaged in a glass vial within a wooden box. It comes with a pamphlet explaining the crystal's properties and care instructions. Cleansing salt is included although this website on Crystal Healing warns against using salt because it could damage some minerals..

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  1. I am somewhat perplexed by this. Crystals are all about healing and a connection to the earth and spiritualism - so to pair them with bullet casings? A huge contradiction it seems. Or maybe I'm missing something.

  2. If I understand her website correctly, her work like nature is contradictory. Nature can heal and create beautiful things as well as destroy - think hurricanes and earthquakes.

  3. Just as we go for contrasts in jewelry design, this artisan has done the same with her materials. It is a deliberate contradiction. Mankind can create great works but is also responsible for devastating destruction like wars.

  4. Now that is creative! I think pairing the two things is really interesting, and sort of points to the great ironies and dichotomies present in life. Great find Pearl, you always find the neatest things!


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