A BEVY OF BI-COLOR GEMS continues into the new season. Although watermelon and other ombre effects in tourmaline are still going strong, ametrine (a mix of amethyst and citrine) has quickly become a contender, particularly in stones of usual cuts.
PURPLE REIGNS, particularly since Pantone named Violet the color of 2018. From all different shades of amethyst to lavender sapphire to violet garnets and tanzanite, all shades of the regal colour have been shown in a variety of loose stones and finished jewellery.
GOING FOR GARNET in all it’s painterly palette has lent some competition to coloured sapphires. We are drooling over the new deep purple garnets and we are equally happy to see new cuts of demantoids, even in small sizes out in the market (particularly since we find them so charming and vivid in antique jewellery).
A PAINTERLY PALETTE still reigns supreme when it comes to fancy coloured sapphires which are available in just about every permutation–from pop colours to pastels.
BLUE HEAVEN– represents all shades of blue, a colour that will never go out of style. We have seen it for multiple seasons and it includes opaque and transparent gems and stones that change colour with the light. Lapis and turquoise have become seasonless and can be found in high jewellery and high karat gold. Star sapphires are making a comeback from the days when Hollywood’s golden girls such as Carol Lombard, Jean Harlow, Myrna Loy and Joan Crawford wore their own pieces on the silver screen.
The magic of moonstone continues to hypnotize, particularly when cut into surprising new shapes. And, after Meghan Markle flashed Prince Harry’s wedding gift of his mother, Princess Diana’s emerald cut aquamarine ring, we are seeing this stone in everything from edgy to polished cuts.
ROMANTIC REDS: Who doesn’t have a passion for rubies, the gem which bespeaks fiery romance? In earlier times spinels were mistaken for rubies but now we have got that straight and they are both calling out for statement pieces.
THE UNUSUAL SUSPECTS Paraiba tourmalines and padparadscha sapphires. These stones are dreamy and rare and even the smaller sizes come with lofty price tags. But if you are hankering for one of these gems, keep your eye on the prize and save up for a custom piece which will highlight the beauty of these all natural, none are treated gems.
FROM HERE TO ANTIQUITY brings back what was once known as semi-precious stones (I believe now all stones are simply gemstones and valuable). Citrine, blue topaz and amethyst and peridot date back for centuries. They are once again being used in jewellery that pays homage to the period styles but always with a modern twist.