Monday, May 26, 2014

Prescription for Jewelry

Pharmaceuticals are a way of life for some


I found something interesting the other day in Elle Magazine. It was a little blip about Hoorsenbuh’s Cathedral Collection and its collaboration with artist Damien Hirst. Damien Hirst has created a limited edition collection of fine jewelry which features a ring or necklace supposedly poking fun at pharmaceuticals. The pieces feature 18 karat gold, diamonds and rubies in the shape of pills. Not so sure I find this in good taste.


Damien Hirst's pill pieces
My hubby has been fighting cancer for the past 18 months and I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease about three to four years ago so pharmaceutical is our middle name. We have been very unlucky in drawing the crappy health card and while there are times when we feel okay it is usually thanks to a load of daily pills. My husband at one time took so many pills I had to have a spreadsheet to keep them all straight. For some people pharmaceuticals are the difference between life and death and whether you live life or spend your day in a dialysis or chemo chair.


This pill ring features 18 karat gold, diamonds and rubies
The jewelry in the Cathedral Collection is making fun of the deification of pharmaceuticals. Drugs such as Prozac and Xanax that many take to feel emotionally better are featured in a necklace with a rosary bead styled chain. I get it, too many people worship at the altar of pop a pill and everything is rosy again but I still find it in poor taste. Not only is this “fun poking” being done at the expense of the Catholic religion but at people who may truly need anti-depressants or mood drugs.


Damien Hirst rosary style necklace
The recent tragedy in Santa Barbara highlights the fact that there are people out there who are severely depressed or having feelings that they may harm themselves or others. To make fun of drugs that could potentially help them because so many people in the artist’s social circle take them for self-perceived minor emotional troubles is not very sensitive. It is also not sensitive to believe that people taking multitudes of drugs are doing it for attention or because it’s hip. I’m thankful that this is a limited edition so few will own these overpriced baubles and besides, they probably won’t be in my social circle anyways.
Damien Hirst rosary style necklace

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