Monday, May 2, 2011

Feeling Trendy?

Ok, so I don't often feel trendy, but I do LOVE color, so I try to keep up with color trends. One good place to learn about color is the world's leader in all things color, Pantone . Every year and every season they are diligently working through their color swatches to bring us the newest trends in fashionable color. This year and this Spring the top color is honeysuckle. I think of it as pink myself. I have honeysuckles growing all around me and they are all yellow, but Pantone is the color expert, so pink they are. Here is what they say:
A Color for All Seasons
Courageous. Confident. Vital. A brave new color, for a brave new world. Let the bold spirit of Honeysuckle infuse you, lift you and carry you through the year. It’s a color for every day – with nothing “everyday” about it.
While at my age, I'm not going to be running around in a lot of pink, I do LOVE pink. I'll concentrate my discussion on jewelry, though, since it is what know.

I thought it would be fun to post some of my pink stones and some of the pink jewelry I've made to give you an idea of just how many stones are pink.

 Argentinian Rhodochrosite with soft banding of white matrix. Necklace is woven antiqued copper.

 Some more Argentinian Rhodochrosite with matrix. The grey and pink go so well with the Bali silver and grey Swarovski crystals.

Loose stone of Argentinian Rhodochrosite with matrix.

A handwoven, sterling silver ring with Argentinian Rhodochrosite with no matrix. My favorite Rhodochrosite!

A monster Argentinian Rhodochrosite that I just got. What do you suppose I will do with THIS??

Another premium Argentinian Rhodochrosite. This is a 30x40 cab of fully saturated, nearly 100% translucent luscious pink beauty. Gorgeous! 

This is a little cab of Peruvian Rhodochrosite wrapped in silver with a rose quartz for accent. The Peruvian and Argentinian Rhodochrosite are vastly different. The Argentinian Rhodochrosite is getting harder to find and much more expensive. 

More Peruvian Rhodochrosite with pink tourmaline in 14k gf. These are exquisite and dainty. The beads are very good quality for Peruvian.

Here's 2 nice pieces of gemmy Rhodonite. These can be found in many shades of pink, too.

This necklace is made with a big stone of Rhodonite. Rhodonite is often found with other colors mixed in with the pink, most notably black, which can create beautiful patterns. 
Norwegian Thulite is something you don't often see, but is a beautiful pink often mixed with grey, cream  and white. Thulite is a type of zoisite, like tanzanite and is often called pink zoisite. 
This necklace is made with a really nice Norwegian Thulite.

This Bustamite stone, which is crazy hard to photograph, is the color of fine angel skin coral. It is a more pale shade of pink in person than in this photo. It is rare and costly, but a beautiful shade of pink when you need the delicacy. 
Last, but not least, from my collection, is this pair of Aura Quartz. I haven't seen any of the pink in a long time. I think it was made using gold vapor and that might explain it's absence. I don't really know, but I do know it is beautiful.

So, there you have it, a handful of very nice pinks to add to your fashionable jewelry wardrobe. Check out the Thulite, you can sometimes find some really good deals because it hasn't quite caught on, yet. :)


  1. Bust-a-mite, or as you spell it - bustamite - is a very strange name for a beautiful stone. How do you apply it? Do you hit them with the stone, or is it enough when they see it?

    Sorry... ;-)

  2. LOL! I like your mind.

    I'm planning to do a little entry about this rare and beautiful stone.


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