I was scrolling through Instagram the other day when I came across an image of a jade pendant from designer ParkFord (pictured). I quickly became aware that I was in awe of the piece, its color so beautiful and alluring. It was simple but, somehow, everything I needed at the moment.
But it wasn’t just its color that moved me so; it was also its opacity. I got to thinking about how we’re gearing up to embrace pastels—typical of this time of year, on the cusp of spring and the Easter holiday—and of the many options there are for pastel gemstones.
Sparkle in abundance is wonderful—I can’t get enough of it. But sometimes a gemstone looks just as lovely if not better sans the glitter, in a milky, silky form that’s as sweet as hard candy.
Gemstones like jade, coral or pink opal, agate, turquoise—styles that are traditionally unfaceted and very solid in depth—are what I have in mind. Sure, you can take a light gemstone like blue topaz in cabachon form, but it will still have some of that (really lovely) translucence, that glow. I want complete opacity, as thick as pea soup.
Because these gemstones stand out solidly no matter the atmosphere. Day or night, sunshine or clouds, no matter the skin tone or attire, each gem glows in its own way, despite nary a facet or sparkle (though some of the jewels are accented in diamonds or other stones, and that is quite all right by me).
It’s the same way I like my nail polish. Some opt for sheer, some a bit of a sheen, but I like the thick, milky shellac, mostly in shades of minty green, nude, and ballet slipper pink.
And comparing gemstones to nail polish isn’t just me hitting peak quarantine (though that is most certainly in progress). Nail polish is one of the most wonderful accessories for jewelry, and matching nails and rings is one of my favorite looks there is (how great would the above Andreoli ring look with a pink and black French mani?).
As an alternative to this aesthetic, enamel jewelry also has that totally saturated, solid look that captures that same pastel-icious essence. In fact, I love the idea of gathering a series of enamel styles and creating your own pastel rainbow, and many jewelers offer stackable, groupable styles priced at a point that makes it possible to collect them.
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