Britt’s Pick: Susan Wheeler’s Springy Spinel Pendant



As I type this, it’s officially the first day of spring. And yet, while the weather is seemingly looking up, I don’t quite feel the rush of a new season just yet. I don’t know about you, but I could sure use an injection of color. It’s true that in Washington, D.C., spring brings cherry blossoms, and they are on their way (some unfortunate early bloomers suffered through the weak winter storm we had early last week). But when it comes to instant gratification, I love this necklace from Susan Wheeler. It has that vivacious shade of pink we’re yearning for around here, while a narrow Brazilian tourmaline crystal lines the bottom of the piece in leafy fashion. Overall, the design evokes that of a tulip garden: blooming bulbs of pink, rooted in green leaves and stems, planted in colorful rows. It’s a welcome sight as we enter the new season, and a promising one at that.

Necklace in 18k yellow gold with Vietnamese spinel, Brazilian tourmaline crystal, and fair-trade Malawi padparadscha sapphires, $4,400