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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 already given you styling tips for wearing emerald birthstone jewelry, this article showcases green costume jewelry in warm tones.

    I’ve decided to keep this post simple by showing you two outfits: one is Business Casual; the other, Smart Casual. Each is styled in two ways with jewelry and accessories in shades of this fresh, crisp color. The clothes are neutral pieces you may already have in your wardrobe.

    Business Casual

    This type of outfit – trousers, a sleeveless top, and a blazer – is appropriate for work settings where more formal Business (Formal Corporate or Corporate) attire is not required.

    The Green Bead 2-Strand French 1950s Necklace in SPRING essentials is just stunning and the right adornment for a round neckline. The beads are soft-green glass with swirls that given them a mottled look. Made by the incomparable Louis Rousselet, this necklace is a great addition to any jewelry wardrobe. The circular, vibrant-green handbag brings in a bit of fun. The scalloped, navy-suede, block-heeled shoes are for both comfort and style.

    For Spring is in the air, I’ve used an airy, silk-chiffon scarf in a tropical print. These Green Bead Czech Art Deco Chandelier Earrings complement the color scheme and, at 2 ½” long, add some sass. Funnily, the beads in these earrings are very much like those in the Rousselet necklace. A bright-green, round bag and navy, block-heeled pumps complete the look.

    Smart Casual

    The second outfit – jeans, a cream tee shirt, and a navy cropped cardigan – is my favorite type of Smart Casual attire. This level of formality is typically inappropriate for office environments (except for some Casual Friday dress codes) but is a well-put-together look for off-duty activities.

    For I love spring, I chose this Green Bead & Chrome Art Deco Necklace to adorn the round neckline of the tee shirt and cardigan. This jewel is lightweight and fun to wear. The color of the beads is a delightful spring green. (Yes, the warm-tone beads are set in a cool metal, a combination that is not unusual for jewelry.) I’ve added sterling silver hoop earrings, but you could wear silver ball studs as effectively. A bright green bag and navy suede loafers complete this look.

    I can’t resist shoes with colorful patterns. In Spring Florals, the flats are made from jacquard fabric in greens with other warm hues. For balance, I’ve added a floral-patterned scarf with the same palette and these Jade Bead Art Deco Pendant Earrings. These screw-backs can be modified for pierced ears. I chose a denim shoulder bag to complete this outfit.

    For More Green Jewels

    Visit the Go Green! collection for pieces in green hues such as chrysoprase (an apple green), jade, and spring green. Visit the May Birthstone Jewelry collection for a selection of pieces in lush emerald green. The August Birthstone Jewelry collection has pieces in peridot.

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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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  • Meaningful jewelry gifts for the dramatic personality

    7 Jewelry Gifts for the Dramatic Woman

    My earlier post What’s Your Fashion Personality describes the six personality styles that will help you choose the perfect holiday gift for an important woman in your life. This article focuses on the Dramatic woman:  she is confident, strong, and sophisticated. Let me tell you about the clothes this yang…

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  • Romantic jewelry - unique gifts for women

    Vintage Jewelry Gifts for the Romantic Woman

    Finding the perfect holiday gift for an important woman in your life can be challenging. But if you know how to read her personality, you’ll have many clues that will help you make the right choice. My previous post – What’s Your Fashion Personality? – describes the six personality styles.…

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  • What's your fashion personality?

    What’s Your Fashion Personality?

    Couturier Hubert de Givenchy once said: “To have style is to have a feeling for what is currently fashionable, and still to simultaneously remain true to oneself”. So how do you know what style is right for you? The answer lies in your personality. Let me share with you what…

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