Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Pink and Green for Easter

Whether you're celebrating Easter by seaside or getting ready for a beach trip later this summer, I can't think of a more cheerful hue for fun times than sunny pinks and greens. I'll be packing my favorite neutral Picture Jasper necklace with some colorful accents to add some glamour to simple prints:

Monday, March 17, 2008

The Wearing of the Green

In honor of both St. Patrick's Day and Spring, I seem to be attracted to rich, bright greens worn with neutrals:

These dresses and suits are from Bannana Republic, J Jill and J Crew's current catalogs. I mixed a single strand with green turquoise accents with my neutral Picture Jasper Princess necklace. Now, with the addition of the green stones, this once-neutral necklace collection takes on a Bohemian-Preppy chic look. My peridot GemStrand with a sporty pendant would work beautifully with either the dress or the safari jackets.

Happy St. Pat's!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

On Safari With a Princess

My last post featured my favorite Picture Jasper necklace. Its gold pearls, silver hardware and neutral tones make it a perfect "go with everything" necklace set for Spring through Fall (and year-round in warmer climates).

Here it is again:

While I often wear my own Picture Jasper necklace set with casual clothes and skirts with simple sweaters and white blouses, it provides a perfect complement for chic Safari jackets, which are so "in" right now. Here are two inspiring safari jackets from this season.

The first is an impeccably polished tailored safari jacket from Doncaster. The second is actually a knit jacket from J. Jill, but it still looks shapely and it would instantly pull together softer clothes with its belted jacket:

Here are the four interchangeable Connectables™ strands that comprise the complete Picture Jasper Princess Necklace set, when worn together:

Whether you wear a safari jacket accented with white, black, animal prints, or a splash of color, the picture jasper allows you to mix & match strands to add an accent color. Add (or remove) the flower pendant to enjoy a very paired-down or high-volume polished safari look.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Picture Jasper "Princess" Necklace

This is a photo of me and my family from last Autumn, having a fun time at the birthday party for my friend, Liz. In this picture, I am wearing my favorite "Three Season" necklace. I designed it 5 or 6 years ago, and have been mixing and matching it with neutral and colorful strands ever since. Customers have been asking about this necklace for years and, finally, we are able to reproduce it for the Spring/Summer 2008 season. This handy little collection of neutrals gets so much use because, with only a few strands and pendants, it is great with all those shades of black, tan, brown, khaki, cream and white that we all tend to wear from Spring through Fall.

My Picture Jasper "Princess" necklace consists of four "Basic Strands" and a shell flower pendant. One of the strands features white tones, one features blackish-dark brown tones and the other features light brown/tan shades. It's one of my favorite pieces and it is amazingly versatile on its own as well as in unexpected combinations with bright semi-precious gemstones.