Picking the Perfect Gemstone Jewelry for Your Christmas Gift List


With holiday gift giving just around the corner, the current color trends in jewelry might be fairly predictable: Everyone loves the sparkle of the traditional reds available in ruby, garnet and tourmaline, and the greens of emerald, peridot and tsavorite. Throw in some strategically placed diamonds, and you have a recipe for beautiful, eye-catching jewelry that will summon oohs and aahs when your gift is opened.

However, Christmas jewelry gifts are by no means limited to these two colors. This year’s 2015 options include blues, pinks, gold, and romantic, dramatic combinations such as black/red, black/grey and black/deep crimson. Tribal jewelry themes are still popular and include a collection of deep rich, gemstone colors. Candy-colored quartz cocktail rings, necklaces, bracelets and earrings will be fun and festive.

The primary influencers for jewelry colors are exactly the same as for the fashion world in general. Italy and France set the new trends and the rest of the world, including this country, responds by creating new lineups. Sometimes, consumers just want a drastic change. Also, pricing and availability can affect which new fashions will be accepted or rejected. For example, yellow gold is regaining popularity this season because shoppers have grown somewhat weary of white gold.

Expect to see long, stackable gold necklaces, pendant earrings, gold collars worn close to the neck, and statement cuffs. J Crew offers a striking wide Russian gold-plated cuff with hand-set rose quartz and a variety of semi-precious glass stones. Brvtvs sells delicate 14k gold threaded chain earrings. Suzywan Deluxe Farrow Glitter Earrings are impressive large gold triangles with links that are futuristic-looking and yet still elegant. Over-sized gold, bamboo-design bangles, hoops and chokers will also be statement pieces.

When it comes to traditional Christmas colors, both red opal and ruby gemstones are showcased in Meredith Marks “Jacklyn” stud earrings. Vivaan cascading earrings are a combination of ruby and diamond stones. The Harry Kotlar ruby gemstone ring is another impressive choice. Blue Nile sells its Emerald and Micropavé Diamond Stud earrings to echo the holiday theme. Peridot, mined from new American sources in a clear, yellowish-green, boasts “a ray of sunshine” in each piece of jewelry.

Although sapphires come in a variety of colors, for Christmas 2015, blue remains the favorite choice for necklaces, bracelets and earrings, especially when interspersed with sparkly diamonds. A halo of diamonds around a blue gemstone can be exquisite. Tanzanite, a rare gemstone from Tanzania, is one of the December birthstones and rivals the beauty of the blue sapphire. Depending upon the choice of cut, it can be pure blue, bluish-purple or violetish-blue. Aquamarine is also an option. Blue Nile offers a charming Aquamarine and Diamond Infinity Twist Ring set in 14k white gold.

Of course, diamonds are the perfect gift choice any time of the year. For 2015, colored diamonds are still popular, and clear diamonds are often the complement to a beautiful gemstone setting. Opals continue to be a perennial favorite because of their “play-of-color” characteristics. Each stone is unique and affected by the lighting around it. Neon color combinations will be available. Look for clunky gem-stone cocktail rings and art-deco settings. For 2015, your colorful holiday jewelry choices will be abundant and varied.




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