Crude is defined as "in a natural or raw state; not yet processed or refined." Viylet and I wanted to convey a sense of mystique and purity -- two ideas that don't typically coexist. She presented the concept of a mysterious beauty with a magical essence. Relevant to both Blackness and womanhood, I thought it would be interesting to pair the concepts of commodification and mystification. With this set, we juxtaposed two of the world's top commodities: oil and gold.