So now that we have summer blazers and summer cardigans…we need to jazz them up with some summer jewelry! In the same way I like to save my super bright cardigans for spring and summer, my boldly colored jewelry gets most of it’s wear in the warmer months. My favorites…turquoise and coral!
Turquoise ranges from shades of green to bright baby blue, and the real gemstone can usually be identified by the dark natural veins of “matrix” running through it. Some stones even have pieces of neighboring rock still stuck to it, like the large pendant in the bottom left the above photo. That pendant has a really cool chunk of pyrite (fools gold) in it!
There is something so relaxed and bohemian about turquoise, that makes it a great summer accessory. It brightens up summer whites, and mixes wonderfully with yellows, greens, purples and blues. I really love my turquoise pieces, and can’t wait to get back into the swing of wearing them again.
My other favorite summer jewelry pieces are coral. Coral naturally comes in shades of pinks and reds, but most commercially available coral jewelry is dyed into bright hues. Because coral comes from the ocean (it’s the polished-up hard skeleton of ocean coral), it’s a bit symbolic to wear it during the summer months, when people tend to shape their activities near bodies of water.
I love coral for it’s bright red hues, which pair well with yellow, orange, navy, and other reds. The color itself is such a statement, that the rest of your outfit can be pretty simple, which is great for summer months when you don’t want to wear a lot of clothes.
This is my all-time, hands-down favorite summer necklace. Both pieces were given to me separately, but once I realized they looked amazing together, I can’t wear them any other way. The turquoise necklace was bought by my mom during a late night QVC haul, and the pendent is from my parent’s trip to Barcelona, Spain.
Tips for wearing summer jewelry:
- Don’t wear costume jewelry, like those made of copper or nickel, if you’re going to be sweating, or hanging out in pools or oceans. Sweat and other moisture can cause these metals to stain your skin green!
- Wearing gemstones strung on string or minimal amounts of metal helps protect you from both the hot temperatures metal jewelry can reach in the sun, as well as the green skin-stains from sweating while wearing costume jewelry.
- Avoid big bulky jewelry around places where you might get a suntan. Imagine trying to get rid of a statement necklace tan on your neck! Eek!
Check out my mom’s latest shipment of vintage, 1960′s Sleeping Beauty (hard to find, beautiful baby blue hue) turquoise jewelry. This is genuine turquoise set in sterling silver (won’t turn your skin green). My turquoise with pyrite pendant is something I bought from my mom’s stash. ;)
For those ladies looking for something a little different, check out this turquoise cameo pendent.
And if any lovely readers wants to pick up one of these and send it my way, I certainly wouldn’t complain. Ha!
I love these tiny coral earrings cut to look like flames.
What’s your favorite jewelry to wear in spring and summer?