It’s the Great Orange Gemstone, Charlie Brown

What good is autumn—and Halloween—without a viewing (or multiple viewings) of Charlie Brown’s holiday special? It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is positively a must in our home, signifying that the time for festivities has begun.

The Peanuts gang gets their costume on, Charlie Brown gets a bag full of rocks, and all the while, the television screen is dominated by one very festive color: orange.

M Spalten orange opal Space Rock necklace
Space Rock necklace in 18k white gold with Mexican orange fire opal and 0.43 ct. t.w. diamonds, $3,876; M. Spalten

No doubt about it, orange is the color of autumn. It’s in the changing leaves, the seasonal squash displays bursting from the grocery stores, the decorations composed of jack-o’-lanterns and candy corn. If you can’t stand the sight of orange, well, this isn’t the season for you.

The Rock Hound Molten garnet ring
Rock Stars ring in 18k yellow gold with spessartite garnet, £1,250 ($1,623); The Rock Hound

If you subscribe to the bible that is the Pantone Fashion Color Trend Report, though, it looks like orange will be sticking around a lot longer than fall, if only in variation. One look at the Spring/Summer 2019 report shows no less than four orangey hues: the red-orange Fiesta; the bright and lively Turmeric; the soft, tropical Living Coral; and the juicy Mango Mojito. The writing’s on the Pantone-painted walls, folks: Orange is legit this year.

Andreoli orange ring
Ring in 18k yellow gold with 42 ct. yellow jade, 0.41 ct. t.w. quartz, and 3.06 cts. t.w. diamonds, price on request; Andreoli
Thistle and Bee citrine pendant
Tear drop pendant in sterling silver with 8.8 ct. citrine, $316; Thistle & Bee

Luckily for the jewelry trade, there’s no shortage of good-looking orange gemstones to get our color fix. The pumpkin-like shades give way to fierce, fiery ones, while cooler corals and sherbet pastels round out the mix. Get those orange showcases ready: These are the jewels to consider.

Top: Ring in platinum and 18k rose gold with 22.45 ct. spessartine garnet and 1.37 cts. t.w. diamonds, price on request; Omi Privé

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