Fresh Greens: Rougher Cut Emeralds

With color playing such a significant role in current fashions, it is no surprise that one of the most vibrantly colored gemstones, the beautiful green emerald, is receiving a good amount of notice.

To be sure, classic faceted cuts will never go out of style, as seen in this photo of a stunning vintage emerald and diamond necklace by Van Cleef & Arpels from the February 2011 issue of Harper’s Bazaar. The necklace is one of the pieces to be displayed at a new exhibition, “Set in Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels” at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York City running from Feb. 18 through June 5.

What is especially fresh in jewelry styles is the use of emeralds that have a raw, edgy appearance. Marion Fasel writes in the December 2010 issue of InStyle:  “In rougher cuts and matte gold settings, the precious gem gets a bohemian makeunder.” In an exquisite display of color, InStyle features a necklace with emerald drops from Mallary Marks, a hinged bracelet set with three large emeralds from Gurhan, a ring featuring a cluster of small emeralds from Ray Griffiths Fine Jewelry, double stone drop earrings from Renee Lewis, and chandelier-style earrings from Judy Geib Plus Alpha.

The emeralds in most of the pieces are irregular in shape, accommodated by hand-wrought gold settings, and the jardin—the naturally occurring inclusions in the gemstones—are part of their appeal.

The October 2010 issue of More magazine rhapsodizes about brilliant green stones. The image from More shown above includes, along with a Cartier wristwatch and Bulgari peridot earrings, a David Webb ring incorporating diamonds and a large emerald; a necklace of hand-carved emerald beads, jet and diamonds from Katy Briscoe, and a “hand-sliced emerald necklace” from Nancey Chapman.

This second image from More includes an emerald and gold bead necklace from Tamsen Z worn as a bracelet, the Gurhan hinged bracelet also seen above, and an emerald and diamond bracelet from Amrapali. Other jewelry featured in the photograph includes a malachite and gold bracelet from Oscar de la Renta, a stainless steel and alligator watch from IWC, jade rings from Giotto Ring by Vhernier and David Webb, a malachite-adorned cuff from Kara by Kara Ross, and a bracelet of jade and Swarovski crystals from Mawi. The kid leather gloves are from Carolina Amato.

This season, consider some fresh ways to enjoy greens.