Dopamine Dressing Lite

  • Joopy Gems Pink Tourmaline 3x4mm rose cut pear
  • Joopy Gems Tanzanite 3x4mm Rose Cut Pear
  • Joopy Gems London Blue Topaz 6mm Round Cabochon
  • Joopy Gems Lapis Lazuli 8mm Rose Cut Cabochon
  • Joopy Gems Rose Quartz 6mm Cabochon
  • Joopy Gems Light Pink Tourmaline 3mm Round Cabochon
  • Joopy Gems Citrine Rose Cut 4mm Round Cabochon
  • Joopy Gems Rhodolite Garnet 6mm Rose Cut Cabochon
  • Joopy Gems Tsavorite Garnet 6x4mm Rose Cut Pear

This is the buzzword, well, buzz-phrase really of the season. It refers to the idea that dressing a certain way can make you feel good. Obviously this is going to mean different things to different people, but it has been defined this season as meaning bright, mood-boosting colours. I love the idea of this; and in fact, I am a big fan of colour in my surroundings – I love a yellow sitting room; a red dining room; a blue bedroom. I’m just not sure I can go to bright pinks, oranges and acid greens in my clothing. My pale, English skin won’t take it! The fashion mags are saying, don’t put too many different colours together, which seems like sensible advice; keep it to one or two colours.

To me, it seems a much easier trend to wear in jewellery form, as most coloured stones are bright and saturated and that’s how we like them! Think of a juicy pink tourmaline, or a glowing yellow citrine; a vibrant green peridot or a velvety purple amethyst. Garnets like drops of blood and lapis the colour of a summer sky. And these can look amazing when put together, six or seven colours in the same piece.

Below, from left to right: I love the mismatching riot of colour in Grainne Morton’s Rainbow Multilayer Balance Victorian drop earrings, the joyous technicolour tribute to Bowie in Jennifer Loiselle’s Let’s Dance Earrings, and Nardi’s knuckle duster of coloured stones. Bottom centre is one of my favourite designers; Suzanne Kalan with her rainbow choker. Any of these would be an instant mood-booster!

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 - - 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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