DID YOU KNOW? Halloween is Saturday, October 31st this year, a day deeply rooted in the pagan rituals of ancient Ireland. Back then, people believed that the spirits of the dead roamed the earth on Halloween, looking for bodies to possess. To protect themselves from the disembodied dead, people dressed up in frightening costumes and masks, thinking to scare off the demons! Today, we still put on costumes for Halloween, but many are as fabulous as scary. Just look at these remarkable masks:
- Venetian style masks, wildly elaborate, with antique finishing. Marvelous!
FABULOUS JADE! IT’S BACK AND IT’S BEAUTIFUL!
GREEN IS A HOT – AND DRAMATICALLY UPTRENDING – COLOR FOR AUTUMN. Green clothes. Green jewelry. Green hats. The look is a way of expressing support for environmental groups fighting to save the planet. It is also just plain great.
Green ball necklaces lead the jewelry push (note one very classic piece from David Yurman), along with lots of delightful green stone rings, like one cabochon set in silver from the inimitable Elsa Peretti for Tiffany.
In the green camp, jade everything is hot, hot, hot. One magazine gushed, “as a trend, it has been growing quietly….” Of course, we automatically think of China when we talk of jade. Ceremonial jade reached its high point during the Ch’ing dynasty (1644-1912). Right now, it is almost inconspicuously, silently, reaching out to modern society in the West. Watch it as the excitement grows!
Green Bejeweled Embellishments
Chanel is leading the jade parade with some fascinating jewelry and jewelry-like designs to jazz up any wardrobe. One major way is the use of jade-like rings on shoes and other accessories. Chanel also puts some very handsome deco-inspired green clasps on the newest little black clutches, and matches them to large jade finger rings.
HOW CAN YOU NOT LIKE GREEN? IT’S THE VERY COLOR OF LIFE ON OUR PLANET! YOU CAN EXPRESS THAT VIBRANT LIFE WITH FABULOUS GREEN JEWELRY:
BIG REAL AND FAUX JADE-ENCRUSTED BELT BUCKLES are another hot accessory seen in all the right places, along with green knits, like scarves, shawls, and hats. And don’t forget green as a clothing color, too. Green slouchy slacks, green tweed jackets and suits, green winter coats: They all look great themselves and work beautifully with even more green, this time in accessories.
Jadeite is the finest jade, which is generally mined near the surface of the earth, after undergoing uplift, otherwise known as a kind of natural erosion which brings it up from deep in the earth. But there are many different types of jade.
Perhaps the best jade comes from Myanmar, but the United States renewed import restrictions against the military junta in that country into effect last year, leaving jewelers to scurry, looking for other good jade sources. Some of them include places like Alaska, and Ural Mountains.
An interesting but lesser form of jade comes from British Columbia, and is called nephrite. It is less expensive than finer forms of the stone…but look at this:
— Kate Moss wore jade jewelry to a special after-show party at Coco Chanel’s former Paris apartment just last year, and it wasn’t even nephrite. It was costume jewelry! It looked great and, if you weren’t told, we guarantee you wouldn’t know it wasn’t real.
Vogue Magazine quotes Karl Lagerfeld as saying,
“Green in the color of hope.”
Isn’t that terrific? Consider it as a gift for those who are ill, or troubled, or otherwise going through hard times.
–And, by the way, Lagerfeld’s classy design house, Chanel, is even adding green nail polish to its cosmetic collection, and plans on releasing it within weeks. Pre-release reactions to the polish are reportedly enthusiastic! Oh, yes: Chanel is even promoting its mascara on an out-of-sight gorgeous green-eyed lady. All carefully chosen, believe it.
You might also look at the latest cover of Elle Magazine, which features super-model Victoria Beckham against a cool lime green back ground. And Ray-Ban has a new pair of chic green cat eye sunglasses.
Bulgari Green Collection
And, then there is more and more green! A bright green taffeta jacket from Lanvin, a green leather bag from Marc Jacobs with 2 interchangeable shoulder straps, and a green cashmere turtleneck dress from Michael Kors.
Also, look for green as an integral gemstone color in mixed stone necklaces and bracelets. Bulgari has a stunning gold choker on the market, featuring green, amber, and amethyst gemstones. The necklace is part of the firm’s newest Parentesi cocktail collection, which also includes a large, eye-stopping green faceted solitaire stone set in 18-K gold.
YOU CAN CASH IN ON THE EXPLODING GREEN MOVEMENT WITH SOME GREAT LOOKING GREEN OF YOUR OWN. LOOK HERE:
- Aventurine gemstone necklace – the look of Asian jade at a fraction of the price.
- Mixed stone necklace balances rich green stones against a natural collection of agate, quartz, and more. Earth-wise and beautiful!