Crystals as Co-creators

An investigation of growing crystals as a methodology for jewellery designers


  • Sofie Boons University of the west of England


Emneord (Nøkkelord):

Crystal, growing, design, methodology, jewellery


Grown crystals are used for a range of novel innovations supporting a wide array of industries. Within the jewellery industry however, grown crystals are only used in a limited capacity and mainly as a surrogate for mined gemstones. This paper investigates the methodology of Crystal Growing Design, through conducting experiments testing four hypotheses developed around the practice. Through utilising a DIY approach the author investigates the opportunities and challenges presented by incorporating the methodology into her jewellery design practice. Sugar, alum and salt are experimented with to provide a theoretical experimentation of the methodology to justify the further incorporation and adaptation of more enhanced growing processes as used for the growing of gemstone quality crystals.


Sofie Boons, University of the west of England

Research Associate/Crafts Council Research Fellow


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