Brown Gemstone Jewels Are a Must for Fall (and Beyond)

As we watch the trees turn from green to gold, red, and yellow (it’s happening too fast—don’t go anywhere, beautiful leaves!), I’m giving myself over to the coziness that autumn inspires. In this period of hygge, we turn to a deeper, earthier range of colors, whether in our wardrobes or jewelry, our homes, or the fruits and vegetables that we cook with. Reluctantly, we bid a “see ya later” to summer’s bright hues and embrace oxblood and wine, olive and emerald, amber and marigold. What I like best, though, is brown.

Nan Fusco morrisonite tourmaline
One-of-a-kind pendant in yellow gold with morrisonite, bicolor tourmaline, and diamonds, $6,700; Nan Fusco
Vram 2Tau brown diamond ring
2 Tau ring in 18k yellow gold, sterling silver, and black rhodium with 6.62 cts. t.w. brown diamonds, price on request; Vram

Any shade, really, it doesn’t matter. From camel to coffee, tawny to taupe, brown is the color that ties everything together this season. It’s the anchor for the most down-to-earth looks and even the dramatic ones (plus, I can’t stop thinking about this brown sweater that I’ve yet to press purchase on).

Harwell Godfrey evil eye pendant
Evil eye pendant in 18k yellow gold with smoky topaz, onyx, and diamonds, $3,100; Harwell Godfrey
Brent Neale gypsy ring
One-of-a-kind gypsy ring in 18k yellow gold with champagne sapphire and diamonds, price on request; Brent Neale
Ana Katarina Sumerian Csarite earrings
Ain’t Misbehavin’ earrings in 18k yellow gold with 18.41 cts. t.w. Csarite, 1.19 cts. t.w. hexagon diamonds, 1.6 cts. t.w. diamonds, and 0.21 ct. t.w. yellow diamonds, $36,000; Ana Katarina

As in fashion, jewelry featuring brown gemstones is like a breath of autumn. The way a zircon or a smoky quartz glimmers is as sweet as sap and as comforting, too.

Enji Studio Dael necklace
Dael necklace in 14k recycled rose gold with 13 cts. t.w. rutilated quartz slices, $1,795; Enji Studio
Jen Volkodav brown diamond ring
Ring in 14k yellow gold with 0.81 ct. cognac diamond and 0.47 ct. t.w. rose-cut champagne diamonds, $2,599; Jen Volkodav Jewelry

What I especially like about brown gemstones—particularly in the case of the smaller ones—is that they blend so well in a golden setting, sending a smattering of sparkle across a neck party or through a mix-and-match group of earrings. Maybe sparkle isn’t quite the word I mean, perhaps instead the word is glint or glow. A brown gem doesn’t quite shine like a diamond (unless it’s a brown diamond, but not precisely in the same way), its contrast not so obvious. It’s more like an enhanced feature along a line of gold, one that sets the entire look ablaze. Except for the larger ones. Those are just in-your-face amazing.

Retrouvai Lollipop ring
Lollipop ring in 14k yellow gold with tiger’s-eye and brown tourmaline, $5,210; Retrouvaí
Kassandra Nicholson brown tears earrings
Tears earrings in 14k yellow gold with brown rose-cut diamonds, price on request; Kassandra Nicholson
K Mita brown diamond pendant
Round pendant in 18k yellow gold with 0.25 ct. brown diamond, $1,690; K.Mita Design

Here are some of my recent favorites in brown and gold. Though I highlight them in this season especially, I think they could bring comfort all year long and can match well with whatever each season has in store.

Top: Pendant by Karma El Khalil

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