When I think about summer-time jewelry I think of cool, crisp and blue! Now, this may be because I am from Florida and I think about the ocean. Traveling around coastal Florida and over to the Islands, I have gotten to see a huge variety of blues; greenish blues, light blues, rich blues, deep blues and more. The ocean and beach say Summer to me!
When designing jewelry for the summer I try to keep in mind the clothing being worn. Up and down the coast, summer often means linen, khaki, white, pastel colors. These characteristics hold true for most landlocked locations as well.
The first stone I go to when designing for summer is Aquamarine. I love it’s varied hues, it’s crispness and it’s similarity to cool fresh water. I use cabochons, faceted stones and rough aquamarine. It is easy to combine it with other summertime colors.
Many of my summer-time pieces will combine Aquamarine with Rainbow Moonstone, White Topaz, Pearls, Crystal Quartz and usually some sparkling Smokey Quartz to give some grounding. I actually do a whole series called “Seaside” that uses variations of those stones. I will also throw in some cool shells or sea biscuit fossils.
The key to summer-time jewelry is comfort, easy and relaxation. Find something that will go with a number of outfits. Find something that isn’t too trendy or that will be out of style for next year. And above all, find something you Love!