The Latest Looks In Gemstones

What's hot on the runways and in stores this season? Multi-colored tourmaline, subtle rose quartz, delicate pearls, bold jade, majestic amethyst and cool, black jet. This season's designers are creatively combining different themes and contrasting soft jewels with heavy metals. Here's a look at some of the fun you can have with these fabulous gems!

Translucent tourmaline is known for its exciting range of colors including purple, black, pink and green. And, according to our color forecast, each of these shades complements this season's fall and winter colors.

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Design Ideas using Tourmaline.

The lovely, feminine pink of rose quartz is the perfect tribute to this season's Simple Elegance trend. Whether you choose ovals, rounds, hearts or tubes use this stone daintily, but don't hesitate to string it abundantly. Layers are still in this season!

And so are rosettes. What better gem to make a rosette with than rose quartz? Use drops for the petals, purple crystals or natural pearls for the center and gemstone or glass leaves for the base. Turn your rosette into a necklace or bracelet by attaching it to velvet ribbon cord, instead of a pin back, and wear as a choker or bracelet.

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Design Ideas using Rose Quartz.

Pearls are all over the runway this fall. And the design possibilities are endless! Pinks, olives, deep browns and natural-colored pearls are big this year. Alternate 7 or 8mm pearls with crystal, double layer close to the neckline, and hang a pendant in the center. Or, link pearl cluster beads to heavy cable chain and wear as a long, layered necklace dripping with strands of finer chain and individual pearls.

Wide, cuff bracelets are boldly gracing the scene along with the soft, femininity of pearls to add just the right contrast to heavy metal hardware. Link sticks, rounds, and ovals of various sizes and colors to silver or gold beading cuff bracelets for a look that's prominent yet refined. Downplay the cuff with a pair of dangling teardrop pearl hoops. Select one of the colors from the cuff bracelet and link 4 to 5mm pearl buttons onto looped teardrop sterling or gold ear hoops.

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Design Ideas using Pearls.

Amethyst is found in a variety of shades from lavender to a deep purple. The color purple is traditionally known as the color of royalty and amethyst has been used since the dawn of history to adorn rich and powerful monarchs and rulers.

For a stunning statement, combine amethyst with rainbow fluorite, aquamarine, rose quartz, pearls or garnet. The deep pinks and purples of paua shell also look amazing with amethyst. For something unique, try using twisted wire to make a brooch for your favorite black jacket.

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Design Ideas using Amethyst.

This gem comes in so many colors and varieties, it's easy to get "jaded," but the good news is that this one stone fits almost every color this fall. Bay leaf, olive, spa, coral, suede, seafoam and plum all have a color and type of jade that will complement it. String 12mm rounds into a 40-inch necklace. Wear this with 19-inch and choker-length medium curb gold chains, and randomly drip 6x4mm ovals from the links.

Complement these necklaces with cascading chain-drop earrings. Using gold-filled looped ball posts, attach .50mm cable chain in 1 1/2-, 2-, and 2 1/2-inch lengths. Loop 5mm jade rounds to the end of each chain for the finishing touch to this stylish new look.

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Design Ideas using Jade.

Get jet set this season with this sleek stone. String long lengths of 12mm rounds into layered necklaces. Wear it with a choker-length strand of 6mm rounds. Or, for something a little more delicate, link carved oval jet beads onto gold-filled, flat 2mm chain. Space the beads 1 to 2 inches apart. Wear as one long strand or layer.

Accompany any of these necklaces with a pair of simple round or teardrop earrings for a sleek, elegant look.

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Design Ideas using Jet.
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