Kerouacian daydreams rarely amount to more than cranking up some Miles Davis and day-tripping to Ojai.
But Adina Mills is the wheel deal.
Years ago the L.A. jewelry designer ditched her digs and job and hit the open road in a motor home.
Cruising the country, she sources material for her eponymous collection from off-the-beaten-path locales like Quartzsite, Arizona (where she keeps a studio and second mobile home), deserted Northern California beaches (for driftwood), and the Arkansas Ozarks (for quartz).
To create her one-of-a-kind necklaces and rings (bracelets and earrings coming soon), Mills sculpts and paints the base of each piece with a special blend of industrial-grade clay. Then she affixes a hunk of stone and mineral, resulting in statement-making jewelry that lets its freak flag fly (think: a salmon band cradling a mossy green conichalcite, a pale pink apophyllite pendant dangling from a bronze-hued setting).
Sal and Dean would definitely approve.
Available at Roseark, 1111 North Crescent Heights Boulevard, at Santa Monica Boulevard (323-822-3600 or roseark.com); Weltenbuerger, 1764 North Vermont Avenue (323-300-5990 or weltenbuerger.org); at adinamills.myshopify.com, $54-$280.
Photo: Courtesy of Adina Mills