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I’m Obsessed With This Hue For Summer, Orange You?


Blue and green are, as is often the case, shaping up to be hot colors for summer, but there’s an unexpected hue that’s entered the mix—orange.

Latelier Nawbar orange enamel ring
Ring in 18k rose gold with orange enamel and diamonds, $1,900; L’Atelier Nawbar
Colette enamel star earrings
Galaxia Twinkle Star stud earrings in 18k yellow gold with orange enamel and 0.07 ct. t.w. diamonds, $740; Colette

More specifically, a sort of neon-pastel mishmash that seems to quench insight. It’s soft but bright, electric but not obnoxiously fluorescent. Not much for orange, I’ve purchased no fewer than three articles of clothing in the shade for our summer vacation. Though each was given a different name—peach, melon, and tangerine—they all shared that sort of soft, creamy, joyful quality that made the clothing irresistible to someone who most often gravitates toward cool colors. It’s a very strange color that feels hard to pinpoint exactly, despite the fact that many fashion retailers seem to have taken note of the precise shade.

Fred Leighton precious topaz ring
Signed Fred Leighton ring in 18k yellow gold with precious topaz and diamonds, price on request; Fred Leighton
Shamila Jiwa Carnelian Minaret earrings
Minaret earrings in 14k yellow gold with 28 cts. t.w. carnelian and diamonds, $800; Shamila Fine Jewelry
NeverNot orange enamel ring
My Sunshine cocktail ring in 18k yellow gold with orange enamel and blue topaz, £5,500 ($6,870); NeverNot
Mercurius Jewelry Jasper and Spessartite Cloak ring
Cloak ring in 14k recycled yellow gold with spessartite and Noreena jasper, $4,800; Mercurius Jewelry
Toktam Rumi necklace
Rumi necklace in 18k yellow gold with 28.89 ct. citrine cabochon, $12,251; Toktam

It’s so good it wouldn’t be surprising to just want more of it, head-to-toe monochrome style—that means jewelry too. So I started to wonder about what that would look like in jewelry. Enamel could certainly replicate the color, but what about gemstones? A padparadscha that leans more orange than pink might be the perfect example, but there are others capable of playing the matching game too. Some citrine, garnet, and tourmaline would work quite nicely. Coral, in some cases, also has that deliciously sweet orange hue. There’s fire opal, which has that neon look, though if you’re aiming for this exact shade you’re looking for one on the softer side, as the stone is beautifully bold.

Melissa Kaye Riley ring
Riley ring in 18k yellow gold with neon orange enamel and 1.62 cts. t.w. diamonds, $7,950; Melissa Kaye
Suka Meher citrine necklace
Meher necklace in 14k yellow gold with citrine and diamonds, $595; Suka Jewelry
Assael orange angel skin coral ring
Ring in 18k rose gold with medium orange angel skin coral and 4.22 cts. t.w. half moon aquamarines, $23,800; Assael
Katerina Marmagioli Flaming June ring
Flaming June ring in 14k recycled yellow gold with 11 mm freshwater Edison pink pearl, 2 ct. fire opal, 1.12 cts. t.w. multicolor sapphires, and 0.015 ct. t.w. diamonds, $2,800; Katerina Marmagioli

It’s positively satisfying to be in the presence of such a buoyant color, which contrasts so beautifully with the always-demanded shades of the sea and sky and also pairs wonderfully with them—much like a sunset.

Top: Orange You in Love earrings in 14k yellow gold with coral, spessartite garnet, and diamonds, $3,180; Cristina Santos

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By: Brittany Siminitz

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