The Little Black Dress (LBD) is a fashion classic. An essential part of any women’s wardrobe, it can be dressed up or dressed down depending on the occasion. The simpler the dress the more versatile it turns out to be. It can be worn with pumps and a jacket for a busy day at office or accessorized with stilettoes and the right jewellery for an elegant evening out.
Jade & Jewels has a range of tasteful jewellery to complement a black dress–for a special day!
For work you can choose from these muted pieces (sober pieces from Colours of the Earth) and wear comfortable brown ballerina shoes to match!
For timeless elegance like Audrey Hepburn in the 60s film classic ‘ Breakfast at Tiffanys’ wear an LBD with pearls. The Pearl Essence collection from Jade & Jewels has some classy pieces that will help you slip effortlessly into that look!
Leaving you with some interesting links for LBD- Accessorising inspiration -
Coral, an organic gemstone, is made up of the skeletons of microscopic polyps, which live in colonies in tropical and sub tropical seas in different parts of the world. The most highly prized kind, precious coral–Corallium Rubrum–grows in dark crevices and caverns at depths of 30-1500 metres in the seas of the Mediterranean region. For more information please check this website : http://www.minerals.net/gemstone/coral_gemstone.aspx
In ancient times many magical qualities were attributed to coral. Its delicate tree-like structure and bright red colour, and the fact that it was alive underwater but petrified when taken out of the sea, confounded people. It was not clear if it was a mineral, a vegetable or an animal. It was referred to as the blood of Medusa, ‘soft and diaphanous under water, as hard as stone in the air, again it was a tree of blood, symbolizing procreative force, a link with the divine and supernatural.’ To read about how coral travelled to different parts of the world from its underwater origins in the Mediterranean click here : http://traderoots.com/Coral/The_Coral_Story/index.html
Coral jewellery dating back 8,000 years has been found in the ancient Neolithic settlement of Catal Huyuk in Anatolia, Turkey. Precious coral is a rich red colour and was worn to ward off evil and protect the wearer. The Egyptians believed that each bead contained a drop of blood. In parts of India corals are an essential part of ‘mangalsutras’–auspicious jewellery worn by married women. Many metaphysical qualities are associated with wearing gemstones, and coral is supposed to quieten turbulent emotions and bring inner peace.
The ‘Fiery Red’ collection from Jade & Jewels features many dramatic coral pieces. http://jadeandjewels.com/collections/fiery-reds
(pic: Coral & Gold pearl necklace 1.jpg) This bold statement necklace has wonderful healing properties! Chunky vivid orange coral, energy giving and powerful is juxtaposed with a chain of shimmering gold pearls to make this unusual double string ornament.
(pic: red Jade coral necklace 1.jpg) Another spectacular piece from this red gemstone themed collection is the ‘triple red jade and coral fiery red necklace’. Ramp up the daredevil mood with red accessories! A red and gold triple stand necklace of coral rondelles and jade beads embellished with a silver nugget dipped in gold fits the bill exactly. http://jadeandjewels.com/collections/fiery-reds/products/triple-red-jade-coral-fiery-red-necklace Wear either of these necklaces with a tangerine paisley print for a harmonious feel or contrast them with black or white to accentuate the drama.
The coral earrings in the ‘Fiery Red’ collection can be worn on their own or along with the coral necklaces. Have a look at these perky orange zirconia accented coral drops.
(pic: Orange CoralRed earrings 1-2.jpg) http://jadeandjewels.com/collections/fiery-reds/products/orange-coral-fiery-red-earrings Or these unusual clover leaf shaped earrings (pic: Clover leaf orange coral Red earrings 1.jpg) http://jadeandjewels.com/collections/fiery-reds/products/clover-leaf-orange-coral-fiery-red-earrings
For a flash of bright orange-red on your on your wrists, try this pearl and coral bracelet (pic: Coral & pearl Red bracelet 1.jpg) http://jadeandjewels.com/collections/bracelets/products/coral-pearl-fiery-red-bracelet
The Jade & Jewels collections spoil you for choice, with multicoloured gemstones to match every mood!
Semi-precious stones, in enchanting rainbow hues, are the major inspiration behind Jade & Jewels collections. Enhance the sparkle of your jewellery chest with their ‘Celestial Blues’ collection!
The signature stones in ‘Celestial Blues’ Collection are Lapis Lazuli and blue Agate. A deep blue opaque stone, Lapis is adorned with glittering little pyrite 'stars' and has been used in jewellery for thousands of years! Its name originates from the Persian word lazhuward meaning ‘blue’, the Arabic word lazaward, meaning ‘heaven’ or ‘sky’, and the Latin lapis meaning ‘stone’. It was prized by ancient Egyptian pharaohs who had it set prominently in their necklaces, pectorals, head-dresses and signet rings. They believed it warded off evil and offered protector to the wearer.The mountains of Afghanistan yield the best quality lapis. It is also mined in Chile, in the summers, at a height of 14,000 ft! For more about the history and origins of this beautiful blue stone, view www.gia.edu/lapis-lazuli-history-lore
With imaginative mix n’ match, Jade & Jewels gives this ancient semi-precious stone a contemporary design twist. Intense indigo lapis beads are contrasted with lemony yellow and streaked agate. Curved, chunky blue stones are set boldly in silver. Dangling azure drops alternate dramatically with gold.
This cobalt blue lapis lazuli bead necklace offset by antique metal connectors will accentuate a minimalistic monochromatic look, and lift your denims from being just casual wear. For maximum effect, your neckline should be either a wide low boat, or high and closed. Wear the same versatile beads over soft blue chiffon and diamond earrings for a more formal evening.
This double string chain of azurite and lapis lazuli accented with lemon yellow and blue streaked agate beads will look dramatic against white linen. For another distinct look, contrast this vivid azurite neckpiece with a black top, accessorized with a scarf of the same colour. For low key elegance, try it with a predominantly grey, raw silk outfit. Blue toned shoes and handbag will ensure top-to-toe attention to detail.
And this is just for starters! There are many unique pieces in this blue themed collection, each waiting to be creatively coordinated and worn.
Accessorizing is the key to being well turned out, and these unusual combinations add pizazz to your look. Pieces of jewellery, well-coordinated with the colours and textures of your ensemble, increase your style quotient significantly.
For a lot more colour inspired sparkle, check out the other collections in the Jade & Jewels repertoire!
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The natural, earthy colors soothe the soul and make you feel calm, balanced and in harmony with nature. If these muted and earthy colors happen to be the colors of the season as well, it is perhaps double the reason to check out the classic jewellery pieces from Jade & Jewel’s Colors of the Earth Collection.
Pantone Fashion Color Report Fall 2015 (http://www.pantone.com/pages/fcr/?season=fall&year=2015&pid=11#dried-herb) is out and it has declared “Dried Herb” and “Stormy Weather” as ‘the’ colors for this fall season.
Dried Herb: Houghton Stormy Weather
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An olive-green shade once thought of as strictly safari or military, Pantone 17-0627 Dried Herb has been elevated into a colour we now perceive as sophisticated and chic. Closely related to nature, Dried Herb is an organic shade redolent of nature's earthy fragrances.
Reminiscent of the sky on a grey, overcast day, Pantone 18-4214 Stormy Weather is dependable, cool, and, above all, constant. Implying quality and luxury, Stormy Weather is a powerful blue-grey shade that is strong, protective, and enduring Jade and Jewels pays tribute to the beckoning winters and the fashion world’s color forecast with their launch collection - Colors of the Earth.
The collection comprises earth-toned jewellery that is subtle, rich, yet reminiscent of vintage glamour.
Signature gemstones: Smoky Quartz, Labradorite, Orange Calcite
A Colours of the Earth necklace, featuring red and burnt orange jade cabochons beautifully offset by occasional orange calcite beads on a labradorite chain.
Petals of smoky quartz gems form a breathtaking flower pendant around a large fiery red crystal with zirconia accents, suspended on a chain of smoky grey beads
Make a simple yet sophisticated fashion statement in this rutilated agate string necklace with gold bands from the Colours of the Earth Collection.
A chain of asymmetrical moonstones and denim beads with a flash of deep blue lapis creates a moody, elegant neckpiece for a sophisticated occasion.
The look for this season is much more androgynous. Leatrice Eiseman, Pantone's executive director, puts it as "Winter 2015 is rooted in multifaceted colours that can be worn to portray effortless sophistication across men's and women's fashion. It is the first time we are seeing a truly unisex colour palette."
Check out the Jade and Jewels collection (link) for some inspiring and classic pieces in earthy colors to add to your jewellery collection.
Reference Links :
Pantone : Predictions for fall color
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PopSugar The 10 Colours You'll Need to Add to Your 2015 Winter Wardrobe