2004-12-09 / Women's

Fashion Welcomes Warm Tones, Brooches In Jewelry This Season

(NAPSI)-Following summer’s passion for pastels, this season’s fashions take on a subtler tone, according to jewelry design experts at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). As pretty pastels give way to more muted colors, traditional fall hues can still be spiced up with an occasional bright accent. Use them alone or blended in unexpected combinations.

Desired shades for fall range from browns to mossy greens, deep burgundy to violet. In colored gemstones, say the gemological professionals at GIA, this translates into the golden browns of “champagne” and “cognac” diamonds, tiger’s-eye, smoky quartz, the deep burgundy/violet palette that includes garnet, amethyst, and rubellite, and the muted greens of tourmaline, lime citrine, and quartz. Two-toned yellow and white gold jewelry combined with these gems are a big hit, say design experts at GIA, known as “the world’s foremost authority in gemology.”

But don’t look for these gem-studded pieces on the lapel. This season’s detailed neckline fashions have ordered the “neck-less year of the brooch,” and runway models are pinning them on their waist or shoulder, in their hair, or even on their dĂ©colletage.

Spontaneity reigns for fall, as women now require versatility from their jewelry - a necklace that can be turned into a belt or earrings, for example. Interest-ing fabric combinations are leading jewelry designers to mix non-traditional gemstone combinations rather unexpectedly, as seen in diamond-accented, rubber and silver cuffs. Linear earring shapes are also here to stay, while last season’s chandeliers have come and gone.

While animal patterns and feline themes may not play well with colorless diamonds, a better option is a bold, chunky necklace of tiger’s-eye beads, or a wide cuff bracelet studded with “chocolate” diamonds, say GIA designers. The wide range offered by jewelry designers cover a range of moods from demure 1950s styles to over-the-top 1960s looks.

Brooches and jewelry in two-toned metals are hitting the fashion runways this fall.

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