All Fired Up

When clothing designers splashed brightly colored floral and graphic patterns all over their collections, the jewelry world raised an eyebrow. For several seasons, the brightest popular gems have been blue topaz and tanzanite, with their soothing cool tones. In contrast to the eye-catching colors of fashion, jewelry has featured feminine pastels like pink tourmaline and aquamarine. This spring, however, jewelry designers are choosing gemstones with brighter, deeper colors. One of the most popular colors for the season is bright and blazing orange. Orange-to-red stones like coral, mandarin garnet, and fire opal have been featured in collections from a range of designers, including Alex Sepkus and Diana Heimann at the higher end and Richard Palermo for Color Craft at the mass-market level. Suppliers at recent jewelry trade shows and the American Craft Council shows agree that orange is com

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