Wishing all of our friends, family, and wonderful customers a very Merry Christmas! And please stay safe and healthy until we can enjoy each others company again.
Now that we're settling into Fall, let's take a look at the 2020 Fall color palette that was seen on this year's runways. Some great mixes are in this season, such as rich, deep burgundy. These hues can be found in many stones such as mookite, ruby and garnet. This looks great with a new neutral such as a gray of any hue. These burgundies range in shade from cherry red to any deep wine color. And don't forget to include bright reds in this mix. Use it for a pop of color against a neutral.
Making a shift on the color wheel, almost every shade of blue was represented on the runway. Look for vibrant, bold blues, as well as navy and even soft powder blue. These can easily be paired with most neutrals. You can find an endless number of stones in blues, such as lapis, sapphire and topaz. If these aren't in your budget, many natural, dyed options can be found. I don't mind using dyed agates because they take color so well that you can find them in beautiful colors and they don't break the bank.
In the realm of neutrals, gray is especially popular and dominated runways in head to toe looks. The key thing to remember is to mix various shades and textures. You can find many great options in stones going from dark, ash tones to light heather shades. I love a smoky agate or a sparkly drusy in these tones paired with sterling silver. But don't forget, mixed metals are also popular, so go for gray stones set in gold or on gold chain.
Gray was not the only neutral featured this season. Many designers opted for a creamy, almond milk or off white color. This ivory neutral looks elegant, luxurious and modern and is gorgeous in pearls and even crystals. An offshoot of cream is tan or beige. These tones can be found in so many stones and pair well with almost anything you wear. These colors are going to be around for a long time and throughout seasonal changes so you can't go wrong investing in these neutrals.
One surprising hue that was seen this season is celery. This is one of my personal favorites. It's so unexpected and fresh and crisp. Absolutely glorious paired with a gray. It adds just a touch of botanical and is also very modern and fun. Again, agates are a great way to go to get this color but also include peridot and quartz. Another green shade that you'll find in stores this season is olive green. This is also a personal favorite and can also be used as a neutral. There are also many choices in a natural stone in this color.
Another surprise for fall comes in the range of orange. These shades can be found paired with everything from blue to brown and are just a happy, creative addition to your fall palette. Natural stones are abundant in these shades. I love carnelian for fall but so many agates and jaspers and even opals are rich in these hues.
Well I hope you enjoyed learning about this season's runway colors as much as I did. Have fun with your jewelry and use this information to update your style this fall and winter and come back soon for more insight.
Source: Who What Wear, 10-16-20 by Judith Jones
PHOTO: MARC JACOBS, VICTOR VIRGILE/GETTY IMAGES
So Fall is finally here! With it comes a burst of color. You'll be seeing stunning jewel tones everywhere. Colors like orange, red, yellow and blue. This is exciting for anyone that loves color. And if you feel more comfortable in a neutral palette, use your jewelry for a pop of color.
Speaking of jewelry, what's in store for this Fall and Winter? Think BIG. Big tubular, rounded or sculptural collars, rings, earrings and pendants. You'll also be seeing bold chokers this season. Big, statement pieces are the trend.
Look for gigantic stones in gemstone cuts and colors and long gemstone earrings. Also making a comeback is a beloved motif that never gets old - the star! You'll be seeing it everywhere. Something else that you'll be seeing a lot of is the pearl. The bigger, the better! Look for baroque pearls hanging from thick, chunky chain. Mix it up with huge colorful gemstones for a rich look.
Also in style to go with those chunky sweaters will be chains. You can layer and stack but they might get heavy. This season's look is big, heavy duty chain. Look for chunky links in all styles, especially extra large curb links. One of my favorite links that you'll be seeing a lot of is the paper clip link. It comes in all sizes of thicknesses but doesn't look as heavy because of the length of the link. And don't forget to add charms to all those chains! Charm bracelets will be seeing a return this season. And don't forget to hang charms from your earrings too.
As for earrings, not only will they be charm-ing but they will also be mismatched. This is a fun trend that hasn't seen a lot of popularity in the past but was all over this year's runways.
If you're not ready to go bold with this trend, try a pair of mismatched studs. Super cute! Not afraid of going bold? Maybe ear cuffs are for you. Long, complex ear cuffs with climbing and hanging parts are statement pieces that can set you apart.
Did you save your super long necklaces from 2010? Hope so cuz they're back. Super long with tassels or pendants and layered or single strand. While gold tones dominate, you can also mix all your different metals this season.
If you're not the blingy type, you can't go wrong with wood and leather pieces. They can be found across the board in earrings, bracelets and necklaces. They're also available in light or dark tones and you can even get that pop of color in dyed wood and leather items.
Well, that's all I've got for now so have fun hunting for some new pieces to change up your Fall and Winter look and don't forget to come back and see what's new!
Top photo: Marie Claire Magazine
We'd like to take a moment out of all the chaos that has been going on the past few months to thank all the moms out there for all they do.
Day in and day out, mothers do what needs to be done in the care of their homes and families.
Let's celebrate all of our mothers this Sunday and be grateful for this time we have together!
Well I've been crazy busy and haven't written in a while but another year is coming to a close and I have learned so many new things about jewelry and stones this past year. I really wanted to share them with everyone, so I am going to try to incorporate some of these things in my blog and I hope that what I pass on may inspire you as I have been inspired.
I thought I would start with some things that inspired me the past few months. I have purchased and used Dzi (pronounced Zee) beads in the past just because I thought they were so pretty. What I didn't know until recently is the history of Dzi beads. They go back to ancient Asian cultures, found as early as 1000 - 2500 BC and are considered to provide positive spiritual benefits, as well as, warding off bad spirits and negativity. How they were made in ancient times remains a mystery. Nobody knows the exact techniques that were used in the etching and carving process. They are mainly used in necklaces and bracelets and were worn by leaders of ancient Tibetan religions. These truly ancient beads are much sought after and are worth a small fortune. But not to worry, new beads have been created to replace the priceless, ancient ones. These are readily available and much more affordable while still maintaining the mysticism of the originals.
They are stone beads and usually agate with black and white patterns that can resemble eyes. The number of "eyes" on the stone also have significance. For instance, one eyed beads represent light, hope and happiness. Beads with two eyes help in building good relationships with others. The number of eyes all have different meanings. There are also beads with banding or stripes. The different types of stripes and banding also have different meanings. Another way to look for Dzi beads is by your birth year under the Chinese Lunar Calendar. So you may want to look for particular beads to help you achieve your goals. I'll post a link with much of this information at the end of the blog.
When you find your beads, it can be a good idea to cleanse them to release any stored up energy in them and start fresh. You can cleanse them by holding them under running water for a few minutes. Keep positive thoughts while cleansing. Then dry your stones and set them out in the sun for a while. Then they are ready to be used in your beautiful creations. Keep in mind that they need to continually be cleansed in order to remove any negative energy that they pick up in the process of protecting you.
There is much more information available about Dzi beads online and I think it's a fascinating read. Their history is long and amazing. While I personally can't afford the older beads, I still think the newer versions are lovely and exude a mystical energy, so I'll continue to use them in my designs. I feel that I now have a greater appreciation for them and am amazed at the stories the different patterns tell. I hope that maybe you will be inspired to try your luck with Dzi beads. I will be further exploring the "eye" symbol in my next blog. Until then, happy beading!
Well, it's been a few months since I've had a chance to sit down and write a bit on this blog. A lot has been going on!
Welcome back friends! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season. Now it's time to start back up to our routines and also to start new ones. This year I hope to try some new techniques that I would like to learn. I'm playing around with more glass projects, which I hope to produce by the Spring. I am also trying to learn more about resin as a medium for jewelry. I've seen some really nicely done jewelry and have been inspired to try this. It's very versatile and your imagination is the limit!
I will continue to bring you information on fashion trends and color trends as they relate to jewelry and just for inspiration and ideas. That's always a great way to begin a project for me. I will try to highlight some new and unique stones as I learn more about them and will continue to bring you some monthly info on gemstones.
And don't forget to charge those crystals at the end of the month. We are in for a treat on the last day of January as we will get a Full Moon, a Blue Moon and a Lunar Eclipse or Blood Moon all in one night! Not to mention just how pretty that will be to see.
Well I hope you will stay in touch and please watch our Events Page for upcoming shows and specials and don't forget to Like us on Facebook! Let's all get busy and make some beautiful things!
I just wanted to take a moment to thank all of our supportive family, friends and customers who keep encouraging us and supporting us in all we do. This means so much to us at RiverRock and we really do appreciate it!
We'd also like to wish everyone a very joyous holiday season!
Well it's been a while since my last post and for that I apologize. I had hoped to keep up with monthly posts but quickly got behind. I hope all will be forgiven because I had a very good and happy reason for my absence. My partner and I have been happily working away on a new retail store in Wimberley, Texas!
Right off the heels of our last show, we got word that a location had become available to us. It is something we had talked about for some time and hoped for and we were really pleasantly surprised by the news.
So we got to work and will be ready for a Grand Opening in the next few weeks! I will definitely be posting all the details right here and on our facebook page.
We hope to see all of our friends there and are excited to be able to offer another outlet for your shopping convenience.
Well I guess I should wrap this up so I can get back to preparing for our upcoming event. Don't forget to check back for all the details.
Thanks for all your support!
According to the team at the Pantone Color Institute, which calls itself the “global color authority,” green will be everywhere in 2017. Not just any old green, of course, but the green that evokes images of spring. The yellowy green of new grass and trees budding.
“Greenery” is Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2017. According to Pantone spokesperson, Leatrice Eiseman, “This is the color of hopefulness and of our connection to nature. It speaks to what we call the ‘re’ words: regenerate, refresh, revitalize, renew. Every spring we enter a new cycle and new shoots come from the ground. It is something life affirming to look forward to."
Because Pantone's color selections aren't licensed to other companies, Pantone has no way to gauge the effect of their color choices in the marketplace. They are however picked up by designers of clothing, textiles and furnishings as well as, jewelry and accessories and can be seen in use in these arenas.
While some may think that green is hard to wear, it has shown up all over the Red Carpet and runways, as well as in clothing and furniture stores. In jewelry it is rare to find a natural green gemstone, such as emerald.
However, there are some more affordable alternatives. The closest to the emerald color that comes to mind is chrome diopside. It is a beautiful, rich shade of green and much less expensive than emerald but still a bit hard to come by. Agate is a great alternative and comes in any shade desired because it can be dyed. Turquoise also comes in green shades and is a nice change from the more widely recognized blue tones it comes in.
As a designer, I am embracing the Color of the Year and can't seem to get enough of it! So enjoy this Spring and all of the colors that remind you of it. The sunny yellows, bright pinks, vibrant purples and even the toned down pastel shades of these colors. I was ready for the change from the deeper, richer colors of fall and winter and am going with the trend in my new designs.
Look for amethyst, rose and purple quartz, lemon quartz, aquamarine and peridot for your jewelry selections. I will definitely be using these in my designs this spring and summer!,
The New York Times, 2017
Emilio Pucci, spring 2017; Michael Kors, spring 2017; and Balenciaga, spring 2017. Credit Valerio Mezzanotti for The New York Times; Hiroko Masuike/The New York Times; Valerio Mezzanotti for The New York Times
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I am excited to begin bringing you new information about trends in design and colors as they relate to jewelry and gemstones. I'll also be adding some great links that I've found along the way from professionals in both the fashion and jewelry industries. And I would love to hear from you!