Two gemstones that range in color from pale yellow to brownish- or reddish orange –citrine and topaz – are both linked to November. Throughout history, the two have often been confused, but legends associated with both emphasize healing – their ability to calm anger and dispel bad omens.
Yellow and orange are warm shades that are associated with sunshine, joy, happiness, and energy. Color psychologists suggest that we wear these hues whenever we want to evoke pleasant, cheerful feelings or convey a sense of playfulness. But if these tones aren’t part of your usual color palette, I invite you to add citrine/topaz vintage costume jewelry to your wardrobe, even if your birthday isn’t in November. These vibrant shades will mix well with nearly all of the colors you already have in your closet, and brighten and energize your favorite neutrals.
Because citrine and topaz range in hue from lemon yellow to golden honey, I’ve decided to showcase several examples from the TruFaux Jewels boutique in this month’s styling tips. I hope these seven ensembles inspire you to try out new colors and vintage costume jewelry.
How to Wear Them
1. If you like to wear a blazer over a shirt and jeans to the office on casual Fridays (or everyday) or out with friends after hours, adorn it with this fabulous Citrine & Sterling Bouquet 1940s Brooch & Earrings Set. A dark neutral blazer with or without lapels is the perfect canvas for this substantial (4 1/8” long), hand-made brooch. I’ve included in this ensemble the matching screw-back earrings, which you can wear with the brooch or on their own, and added a fun, complimentary handbag in this season’s mustard.
2. You can elevate trousers or jeans with a print blouse to the next level with the right earrings. These Golden Topaz & Vermeil Sterling Flower 1940s Earrings have rich orange-brown glass centers, which play off of the orange in the animal print shirt. The warm sterling furled petals that surround the colored stones make this hue easier to wear. The earrings are clip-backs, which means they work for pierced and non-pierced ears. The bag is a coordinating shade.
3. Transform a neutral sheath into something extraordinary with these Golden Topaz, Green Tourmaline & Diamanté 1950s Earrings by Christian Dior. These ear clips are a soft melange of golden, green, and iridescent glass stones. I’ve added this gold-filled 1940s Double Flexible Spiral Cuff with Buckle to coordinate with the gold-tone trim on the earrings; you could wear a gold bangle, if you have one, instead. This particular sheath is a rich green (a trendy shade for this season), but these earrings will compliment any neutral. The simple, yet elegant shoes and bag quietly complete this outfit.
4. The right necklace dresses up and transforms a white shirt with dark jeans, trousers, or skirt into a unique ensemble. A v-neck top is the perfect spot for nestling this Citrine & Crystal Art Deco Necklace, with its tiers of dangling round golden-yellow stones as the focal point. Roll back your cuffs to show off this Citrine & Sterling Filigree Art Deco Bracelet. If you wear earrings, add silver hoops or simple citrine or silver button studs.
5. The center of the high-neck on a dark neutral dress or top is the perfect spot to show off a richly-colored brooch, especially if it’s in a color outside your comfort zone. This Golden Topaz & Diamanté 1950s Brooch by Miriam Haskell (a first-class maker) has lots of sparkle. Add faux or real diamond studs for a bit more without competing with the main attraction.
6. A neutral dress and blazer becomes many different outfits when you add different colored accessories. Here I’ve chosen black and shades of brown, starting with a leopard-print scarf at the neck and this Golden Topaz, Citrine & Gold 1950s Bracelet by Elsa Schiaparelli on the wrist below the jacket’s bracelet-length sleeve. Modern gold hoop earrings or simple gold button studs work well with this bracelet.
7. A black-and-white outfit becomes more playful with yellow accessories. This Citrine & Glass Bead Art Deco Necklace has a three-dimensional quality because of the clusters of beads. I think a necklace of this type looks best when worn against the skin, but you can control how much of the yellow you show by the neckline you choose. Here I’ve layered a fun printed camisole under a v-neck jacket and added yellow ballet flats for another punch of color.
For More Citrine-Topaz Jewels
See the boutique’s November Birthstone collection here.