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    Summer Necklaces: Colorful, Chic & Cool Jewels

    I love to play with color when I dress and when I prepare styling tips to share with you. Now that summer is here, I particularly enjoy putting together colorful outfits accessorized with equally colorful, yet lightweight jewels. Last month’s styling tips focused on earrings with these qualities, so this month I’ve moved on to summer necklaces that fit the bill.

    Since I completed my color analysis training last year, I’ve become more confident in my choices of color combinations. When I wrote about that experience – see How to Find Your Best Colors I focused on the four main seasonal palettes, even though most color analysts use 16. If you read that post, you may remember that Autumn and Spring are Warm and that Winter and Summer are Cool. Let me explain further and show you examples.

    Summer Necklaces for Warm Color Palettes

    If you look at the Warm palettes in the article cited above, you’ll see that Autumn has a gold undertone with deep or muted colors; Spring’s light and bright colors have a yellow undertone. These two outfits feature hues that both the Autumn and Spring palettes share.

    Amethyst chicklet necklace styled with purple and cream outfit
    Citrine & crystal tiered necklace with browns and yellows

    On the left, The Color Purple features a striped tank top in a kaleidoscope of hues. I paired it with purple trousers, a cream jacket, and this 1920s Amethyst Chicklet-style Necklace. The term chicklet is a modern one that’s used to describe jewelry made with faceted square stones set in linked metal frames. You could substitute a skirt for a dressier ensemble. If you wear earrings, I would suggest simple silver hoops or studs to match the color of the chain. (I know that silver is best for Cool palettes, but jewelry makers usually don’t follow these guidelines!)

    The outfit on the right – Pops of Yellow – shows this Citrine & Crystal Tiered Necklace adorning browns, yellows, and cream. It alternates rectangular faceted crystals with square citrine glass stones. The centerpiece has the same combination set in a frame with dangling round citrines. It will sit nicely in the V-necklines of the camisole and jacket. I’ve used trousers with heels. You could substitute jeans and flats for a more casual look. If you wear earrings, I would stick with simple silver hoops or studs, or a pair of crystal earrings from the boutique.

    For more examples of necklaces styled with outfits in warm colors, click through to see my collection.

    Summer Necklaces for Cool Color Palettes

    Winter and Summer are the Cool seasons. Both have a blue undertone. Winter’s colors are vivid (high intensity), while Summer’s are muted (low intensity). These outfits feature hues that both seasons share.

    Black Bakelite & diamante 1930s necklace with black, white and blue
    Ruby chicklet festoon necklace adorning black and white

    Hello Gorgeous, on the left, shows one of my favorite color combinations: black, white, and bright blue. Although I used jeans, you could substitute black trousers or a black skirt with a sweater or blazer for a dressier look. I chose this particular black-and-white tank top because I like the swirly pattern with the curved links in this 1930s Black Bakelite & Diamanté Necklace. The black links alternate with narrow, white-metal links channel-set with stones. You could wear silver hoop earrings (as shown) or faux or real diamond studs.

    The other outfit – Super Woman is dressier, with a black, white, and grey checked skirt; black tee shirt; and white jacket. I chose this Ruby Chicklet Festoon Necklace for the color (I love black, white, and red) and for the square-shape of the stones. They complement the checks in the skirt and the square handbag. You could easily substitute jeans or pants (with or without checks) and flats for a more casual look.

    You can see more examples of necklaces styled with outfits in cool colors here.

    For More Jewels

    Visit the Summer collection to see these and other colorful and lightweight necklaces as well as earrings in hues of the season. Included are pieces from the 1920s-1950s.

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    Summer Earrings to Stay Cool, Look Chic

    The summer season is nearly upon those of us who live in the northern hemisphere. To keep me cool and comfortable while temperatures rise, I dress in mainly cottons and linens. Although I tend to wear the same colors all year-round, I do have some summer-only clothes, shoes, and handbags.…

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  • History of costume jewelry -- researcher's story

    The History of Costume Jewelry: A Researcher’s Story

    Years ago when I was a consultant, one of my favorite clients told me that I was like a terrier. He wasn’t trying to insult me – he was just acknowledging the fact that I am a tenacious investigator. I don’t stop until I have all of the answers to…

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  • Green costume jewelry for spring

    Go Green for Spring with Vintage Jewels!

    Spring is here! So, let’s look at green, the color that symbolizes the growth and renewal of this season. Green is between yellow and blue on the color wheel, which means you’ll find many hues, from blue-based (cool) forest and emerald to yellow-based (warm) mint and sea foam. Because I’ve…

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  • Bridal styling with Art Deco jewels

    Jillian’s Story

    I always love helping brides select jewelry to wear on their wedding day. Their excitement is infectious. And when I get to style a bride who’s a friend, the experience is even more special for me. My latest bridal styling experience involved Jillian, whom I’ve known since she was a…

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  • Hobe brooches add romance to an outfit

    Find Romance with Hobé Brooches

    With Valentine’s Day less than a week away, romance is in the air. Everyone is thinking about roses and the color red. But I’ve decided to offer a different take on romance, with Hobé brooches. Pieces from the late 1930s through the 1940s by the incredible jewelry designer William Hobé…

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  • 1930s Art Deco necklace

    Jewelry in the Movies: A 1930s Art Deco Necklace

    I love mysteries almost as much as I love jewelry. In fact, I was a dedicated collector of this genre featuring female detectives before I devoted my collecting efforts solely to jewelry. So, imagine my delight when I went to see a new production of Murder on the Orient Express,…

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  • Jewelry gift ideas for the Classic style woman

    7 Jewelry Gifts for the Classic Woman

    If you’ve read my post What’s Your Fashion Personality? and now want some jewelry gift ideas for the classic style woman, this article is for you. She is balanced – i.e., in between yin and yang in terms of physical and behavioral traits – but has more yin. The Classic…

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  • Jewelry gifts for women with Aristocratic style

    7 Jewelry Gifts for the Aristocratic Woman

    With the holidays approaching, my posts have focused on tips for choosing the perfect jewelry gifts for women, based on each one’s personality. The first article in this series – What’s Your Fashion Personality – describes the physical and behavioral traits of each style. This piece focuses on the elegant,…

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  • Jewelry gifts for her - the creative woman

    7 Jewelry Gifts for the Creative Woman

    Need some guidance in gift-giving this holiday season? I’ve been writing about reading a woman’s personality to find clues for choosing the right jewelry. My first post in this series – What’s Your Fashion Personality? – describes the six personality styles. I’ve written about the Romantic and the Dramatic. This piece…

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