Au Naturale: Organic Stones are Fall's Hot Trend

21 September 2007

People everywhere are going organic and it’s not just about food anymore. The new look that’s in demand for fall is jewelry with “organic looking” stones. Now, this may seem odd, given that, with the exception of stones manufactured in laboratories, gemstones do come from nature. But there are some that have an earthy quality that matches the un-processed beauty of an oddly shaped, homegrown tomato. Below is a list of this fall’s trendiest and most “organic” stones.

Amber is petrified tree sap; you can’t get more organic than that. Most amber has a honey-golden hue, but there is also the reddish carnelian amber, a darker cognac amber, various shades of green amber, and, very rarely, blue amber. A necklace of amber beads (in any color) goes great with this fall’s shades of gray, while a pair of amber earrings will give you a hint of glow.

Rumor has it that the Southwestern look is in, so dig out any Southwestern style jewelry you might have lying around. Turquoise (originally brought to Europe by the Turks via Venetian markets) is found in Iran, Sinai, and to a much lesser extent China, but one of the biggest sources of turquoise in the United States. Turquoise is prized by Native American artisans, was used in jewelry and mosaics by the Aztecs, and is still used today by the Navajo, Apache and Pueblo craftsmen. Wear it with a denim skirt (but not jeans) or with a red sweater—the contrast of the colors evokes the feeling of a sunset in the desert.

When people describe something as “jet black” how many of them know what jet is? Jet is a fossilized wood. According to wikipedia, jet is “derived from decaying wood under extreme pressure, and thus organic…the name comes from the French word for the same material: jaiet.” Jet has been used for centuries in the making of jewelry. It was popular in the 19th century—Queen Victoria wore it—and was also popular in the 1920, as flapper girls wore long strands of jet beads that hung down to their waists. You can see why it was popular—black is sexy. Wear it to contrast a white sweater or pea coat or with your LBD—black on black is hot.

While these are just a few examples of stunning organic stones, this should be enough to get you started.


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Posted by Staff Writer at 03:03 PM

One thought on “Au Naturale: Organic Stones are Fall’s Hot Trend

  • October 8, 2007 at 1:12 pm

    I like that you mentioned Queen Victoria and the flapper girls. I can totally imagine a flapper girl twirling a long string of jet beads…hot. I have mixed feelings about turquoise though. I mean, I like it, but a lot of people seem to think it’s tacky. Hmm. Maybe they are just idiots. Is amber worth more if there’s a bug in it?


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