Spring Colours: Nectarine

Spring seems far away but this year has gone so fast I’m shocked. Over here in Hong Kong, Autumn weather can feel very much like Spring weather (warm, sunny, not too hot), a relief after the sweltering summer month. So it doesn’t feel too strange to be thinking about spring colours. I normally have a look at the Pantone colour report for each season, just to make sure that I’ve got a good selection around the projected colour trends, and it’s nice to have look to see what’s out there. I’m starting with Nectarine; a soft, warm orange, great for providing a bit of a lift in these troubled times. From a pale coral to a deep, muted tangerine, this is a colour that adds warmth to the complexion and cheers the spirits.

In this colour range I’ve got pink freshwater pearls at the softer, more muted end of the spectrum; full strings, half drilled and button pearls, find them here, and peach moonstone at the deeper, more saturated end, find it here. For a paler take on it, morganite has a wonderful translucency. This is a colour that responds equally well to the warmth of gold and the cool brilliance of silver, and would combine well with neutrals such as ivory pearls and white moonstone as well as forming interesting partnerships with brighter colours like emerald, turquoise, peridot. In its paler tones, such as morganite, I can see it working well with amethyst and a strong blue; sapphire or kyanite.

I’ve been collecting images of jewellery, which you can view on my Pinterest and here are a few of them. On the left is an amazing Adria Alic ring  from her ‘Flower’ collection, fashioned from silver and plastic. If you’ve never come across her work, you must have a look; she creates the most fantastical, dreamlike flights of fancy. Aiming to transcend ‘…the boundaries between jewellery, sculpture and visual arts’, she works with themes of illusion and lack of function to awaken people’s curiosity and challenge traditional notions of value in jewellery. Her work is mind-boggling, astonishing and you can find it here

On the right is a ring from the LA designer nodeform. Created by an architect turned jewellery designer,  Konstanze design philosophy is for simple, sculptural forms with an architectural look. His work is clean and crisp, allowing the reflective qualities of the metal to enhance the flowing lines and overall harmony of the piece and endeavours to use reclaimed metal and ethically sourced gemstones in his pieces. Pictured is his Peach Moonstone Luna Ring, sterling silver with a bullet shape 11mm peach moonstone cabochon. You can see this and other examples of his work here

If you visit Ivona Posavi Pšak’s shop, IMNIUM, you will see that she claims to be ‘good at making jewellery, bad at writing about myself’. Whether she is right about the latter, I can’t really comment, but as to the former, I have to agree! Her pieces are organic, detailed and extraordinary. To the left is her Modern Organic Morganite Ring, made from hand-made oxidised silver beads and featuring a faceted 4.5mm morganite. You can find her work here, and be sure to check out her wire-wrapped work, which provide some of the most visually stunning examples of this technique I have seen, wonderful writhing coils provide depth and movement.

To check out what else I’ve found, you can find more on my Pinterest boards. I’ll be adding boards for each of the Pantone spring 2013 colours and am on the look-out for the weird, wonderful, beautiful and esoteric; drop me a line if you have something you think is suitable!

About Julia Aufenast

I am a UK based professional gemstone supplier and GIA graduate gemologist. I specialise in rose cut cabochons as well as standard cabochons, and I have a carefully nurtured reputation for high quality. Currently I carry mainly semi-precious stones and I also have a range of pearls in white and natural colours; strings and half-drilled, round and keshi. This blog is attached to my website - www.joopygems.com - and is where you'll find information about new arrivals in my shop, discounts and offers, as well as an opportunity to leave comments and feedback.

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