What comes to my mind when that spectacular month is mentioned? Autumn, crisp temperatures, sweaters, pretty leaves that are always accompanied by imported leaf-peepers. Oh, okay, and Halloween, too.
But this month, I really wanted to focus on the colors of autumn. This summer hasn’t been too hot here in Western North Carolina, but we have had lots of rain, so I expect to get quite a show this year. I thought I’d explore the autumn colors in the wonderful world of gemstones.
When I think of the autumnal colors of brown, gold, and orange, the stones that jump to the front of the line (in my mind, at least) are probably not what jumps out for most people. And you’ve probably also figured out by now that I am also not like most people…I think and breathe gemstones and how I can showcase them in the form of jewelry. So, let’s just hop right in and look at the list.
Fossils, or most of the ones that I create, are brown or some variation of it. Think ammonite, fossils of nautilus or conch or snails. I recently learned that these are highly mathematical creatures, since their shells are examples of the Fibonacci Sequence. Look it up, it’s pretty neat!
Another obvious brown choice is wood…it’s not just for furniture anymore. Check out these wood teardrop earrings.
Then there’s Petrified Wood Opal, which is wood which encompasses opal, a little earthy, a little otherworldly. It’s a beautiful juxtaposition.
Picture Jasper is one of my all-time favorite stones. Each stone seems to tell its own story, and I just love imagining the place depicted in them…sometimes I find myself drifting off to other worlds, other places, other times. Of course, when you look at one picture, you must see what other stones also have pictures in them (there’s tons, and I wrote about it.)
Of course, the Druzy is my favorite in the gold and sparkly category. Sparkle makes me happy, gold makes me happy. The equation is simple: Sparkle + Gold = Happy. See?
In the gold family, at least in my workshop, are these milky amber beads. I saw the gold and cream and just had to have them.
Amber could probably fall into the gold OR the orange, depending on the depth of color, but since I was thinking of it while I’m writing about orange, here is where we shall talk about it. Amber is the hardened resin from tree sap that often traps insects, preserving them for all time. You can find more about them here and here.
Carnelian is a form chalcedony colored by impurities of iron oxide. The colors range from pale orange to an intense almost-black coloration. These beauties are waiting to be transformed into something wearable.
Lastly in this orange family, this fun, sparkly faux amber, because who doesn’t like orange sparkly acrylic beads? (and if you don’t, please don’t tell me.)
Here’s hoping the fall colors that promise to be spectacular this year actually come through with their promises. And if they don’t, well, we always have the option of wearing the colors instead.
Until next time!