There is nothing inherently tacky about crystals, its just that they are often used in tacky ways, and images of them can evoke feelings similar to those induced by Lisa Frank.
Diamonds in the rough.
In someways, there is something more appealing about the uncut stones. They are probably more satisfying to play with and their natural geometry in contrast with their imperfections is stunning; reminds me of some of my favorite people. I love a heavy handed, gem-based, metaphor, don't you?
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