The Fall/Winter 2010-2011 season offers a timeless blend of hot gems and beads for design inspiration. With its fascinating green bands, malachite creates unforgettable jewelry pieces. Garnet and pearls have maintained their popularity for centuries as some of the most glamorous components in both casual and high-end jewelry designs. Antiqued brass components offer vintage style to the seasons' creations. The festive colors and ageless style of the four featured gemstones and components easily lend themselves to 2010 holiday jewelry designs.
Captivating malachite is a spectacular gemstone with bands of lush greens in straight, swirling and concentric patterns. In line with Pantone's seasonal color palettes, luxurious malachite adds eye-catching color to fall and winter jewelry designs.
Vibrant red garnet dates back to early Egyptian, Greek and Roman times. It's said that ancient sailors used the gemstone to help illuminate and safeguard their ocean journeys by hanging large garnets on their ships or around their necks. Following all color palettes this season, brilliant garnet is a popular component in seasonal wedding designs.
Timeless, classic pearls are the essence of luxury. Whether cultured freshwater or Swarovski crystal pearls, the lustrous gems are forever fashionable in both single- and multi-strand necklaces and bracelets. The Femme Noir trend this season shows you how to combine pearls with crystals and gemstones for blockbuster designs.
Findings, components, beads and charms made of antiqued brass are hot this fall and winter. Antiqued brass is ideal for vintage-inspired jewelry, mixed media designs and especially suitable for the Steampunk style still growing in popularity this season.