Yesterday, March 20, was the first day of spring – finally! While it may be difficult to grasp this concept with vestiges of the polar vortex still outside your door, please take heart: You will be wearing your spring clothes — and jewelry — soon. So it’s time to lighten up your jewelry wardrobe with some new spring colors and styles. Experts predict a spring-forward movement toward “the power of pastels” in fashions and gemstones this season.
Think Pink…and Blue
The pastel trend actually began this winter, according to fashion editors at The New York Times, when stylish women in Manhattan started appearing in baby pink and pale blue winter coats (see NYT photographer Bill Cunningham’s March 7 roundup of these pastel looks).The people at the prestigious Pantone Color Institute agreed. Their soft-petal picks for Spring 2014 include Placid Blue, Paloma (a pale lavender shade), and Sand.
The institute’s 2014 Pantone Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid, is a little bolder than a pastel – in fact it’s downright fuchsia. But fashion and jewelry designers were quick to adopt an entire family of pastel purplish pinks and lavenders, inspired by Pantone’s popular orchid hue.
What’s in Store
How does this lighter palette influence what the jewelry-obsessed will be wearing this spring? Well, we’re already seeing an Easter basket-full of pastel gemstones in top department store and jewelry salon vitrines. Look for pink sapphire, tourmaline, rubellite, kunzite, morganite, and pink spinel; blue sapphire, blue topaz and aquamarine; lavender amethyst; yellow sapphire and citrine…and of course Fancy Color Diamonds in a rainbow of hues.
These colorful stones will star in the finest jewelry designs of the season…but you can expect the same candy colors to dominate faux gems in fashion jewelry we can all afford.
A Whiter Shade of Pale
Coming in May are two red-carpet events that are guaranteed to turn you into a fan of feminine pastels for spring. On May 5, the annual Met Ball in New York (a k a the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala) will celebrate Charles James, the 20th century couturier who practically invented the modern ball gown. On May 14, the eagerly anticipated Grace of Monaco, starring Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly, will open the Cannes Film Festival.
OBJ predicts that the socialites and superstars walking these red carpets will opt for luscious pastel couture gowns (many will be vintage), with knock-out diamonds and pastel gemstones.
So, as you get ready to watch the fashion coverage with us this season, try putting a little pastel power to work in your own jewelry wardrobe. Tell us how you plan to lighten up your look…and we’ll keep you posted on this popular springtime trend.