Crystals have deep meaning to bohemians. New age, funky, artsy. And there’s one for every feeling. Before there was an app for that, there was a crystal for that. Onyx conquers fear. Single and searching? Rose quartz is your friend. Broke? Citrine is your stone.
Crystals are believed to have near mystical powers to help heal, an idea that dates to the 1930s. Practitioners place stones on the body in patterns to form energy fields, which speeds recovery from diseases and maladies.
Our favorites are black onyx, said to reverse negative energy, turquoise (for respiratory ailments), and moonstone agate, to bring out the goddess energy.
But you don’t have to be seeking Mr. Right or a cure for a hacking cough to sport crystals. They are the ultimate attitude stone and a great way to individualize and accessorize your daily rotation. When we say “wear them in health,” it really means something.
Cuffs are the perfect accessory, showing confidence, boldness, independence. Jewelry signified social status in ancient Egypt. Gold for the elite, copper for the masses, and shells, wood and bone for those on a budget. Earrings, necklaces, beads were widely used. But a cuff offered the opportunity to really differentiate the look. It could be engraved, worn at the wrist or the forearm, single or paired with another cuff. A display at the Met in New York is testament to the importance of cuffs. Hinged cuffs from the time of Thutmose III (ca. 1479–1425 B.C.) These were found in the tombs of his wives. According to the Met, Inscriptions suggest the cuffs were gifts from King Thutmose himself. Cuffs and other jewelry may have held even deeper meaning, beyond cosmetics, beyond sentiment. Some archeologists believe they were meant to shield the wearer from hostile forces.
Whether you are fighting off bad karma, or just want to show off your good taste, cuffs are the ultimate affordable, utilitarian accessory. Wear them early and often.
Hill People is a general term used to describe the people who live in the hill or mountain region of a country. The Hill People of Thailand are the Karen people, the largest minority in Thailand (1,000,000). They have different dresses and are passionate about sewing and bright colors that represent the lush landscape around them. The Karen culture is interesting because their styles represent different social standing- the dress a young girl might have is different than a married woman. Check out these examples:
Bohemians, referring to the area in Germany, emerged as a subculture in post French Revolution France and Germany. Artists, authors, poets, actors and singers who had been displaced by the war wandered from town to town, singing and building artist colonies. The Bohemian style we seek out today was actually considered unfashionable and slovenly until about the 1890s, when La Boheme was written (an opera about Bohemians). Bohemian subjects were often found in pre-Raphaelite paintings, such as Bocca Bacciata (1859) by Danta Rossetti and In Summer (1868) by Pierre-August Renoir.
In 1903, Paul Poiret, a French designer, invented and popularized the harem pants, hobble skirt and tunic shirt, all Bohemian staples. The trend continued with popular American actress Mary Brian’s bohemian style. Modern Boho as we know it today is all a combination of all of these things, and has a rich history. Bet you learned something new today!