Meeting J.D. King was a lucky encounter. We crossed paths with the intriguing musician on a hazy summer afternoon at the legendary Ramones Ranch with Linda Ramone, who was taking us through her world-class costume jewelry collection. The first thing that struck us about J.D. was his inimitable sense of style. Think 60s and soulful: bell bottoms, bright colorblocking, windswept hair. And his jewelry! Silver statement rings collected throughout travels adorn his fingers and sentimental talismanic crystals and stones are always nearby.
J.D. welcomed us into his intimate studio for a listening session and conversation about the power of crystals within his singing and songwriting. Up next for the Californian? J.D. has an all-new analogue solo album debuting very soon. We’re keeping our fingers crossed for his expansion into jewelry curation or design… -Jenna Fain for The Stone Set
“I wear jewelry for the shows I do…I’ve always worn it. My favorite pieces are my black onyx ring, which is very large. That started it. I found it at a vendor at the Hollywood Forever Cemetary. It’s one of a kind—most of my jewelry is one-of-a-kind. Linda [Ramone] and I find jewelry all over the place: in the desert, vintage stores, Pitango, who makes all handmade, one-of-a-kind jewelry. I like black onyx, rainbow moonstone, lapis lazuli, turqouise, ruby. I also like copper. A lot of Pitango’s stuff is made of copper. It’s a conductor of electricity so it has that extra way of connecting you to a stone on a deeper level.
I’m in a band called The Olms with Pete Yorn. I’m putting out a solo record soon as well. It’s a similar sound to The Olms, but a bit more related to visions from my meditations. It’s more of a personal message and findings from my life.
I collect crystals. My blumarine crystal means a lot to me. I also have a Kundalini energy stone. It’s related to a spiritual ritual in India and you can only get them out of the Ganges. It’s like a piece of the Himalayas broke thousands of years ago and rolled down into the river. It’s an amazing process and you can see it within the rainbow of the stone.
I’ve been wearing more of the Pitango jewelry lately. This eagle I just picked up while walking around Boston before a show is in heavy rotation. But the Pitango stuff is centered around rituals, which I like. He will choose a piece for you and it stems from his intuition as to what will resonate for you. You feel it and if you connect with it, you take it. It’s more of a spiritual event than a style choice.
Stones contain vibrations. If I wear stones for a show while I’m playing music, it creates a positive way for me to channel the stone’s characteristics on stage. If I can omit that energy to the audience when I play, it’s an amplified experience for the crowd.” – J.D. King
Photography by Emerald Carroll for The Stone Set