This pharmaceutical-inspired jewelry by Cast of Vices comes off as a little heavy-handed, but it also makes a very good point:
Born from a desire to create artifacts out of our vices, Cast of Vices celebrates the inherent design aesthetic of these substances while casting a critical eye on pop culture and our obsession with self-medication and addiction. When our Rome falls, these will be our remains: cigarette butts, bottle caps, pills and coke bags. The fly is a reminder of the stench of our addictions and can be a companion to any piece.
There is an undeniably appealing, and depending on what you’ve been through, helpful, aesthetic in the simplicity of letters and numbers on a medicine tablet. By their very nature, these objects are made to be put in our mouths and swallowed. They are candy-sized comforts.
But people got greedy and lazy and desperate (and other things), and now we have an epidemic of prescription drug abuse and addiction. This jewelry should be mandatory fashion for all pharmaceutical reps. It puts it all out in the open. They’re not there to help patients: they’re there to sell drugs. So come out of the closet and wear Vicodin bling! Drugs = money. Say it loud, wear it proud.
All jadedness and lectures aside, if your thing is counter-culture couture, these necklaces and charms are hand-crafted out of sterling silver, semi-precious stones and 14K gold “using the lost wax process” right here in the USA. So, to be clear: go ahead and buy your RX meds from Canada or Mexico, but buy your RX meds jewelry from LA. $180-$1,350. Check for stockists in your state/country here.