A Fall Color Palette in Gemstones…
Fall is here. The leaves are turning brown, you’re thinking about rummaging about for that cozy woolly sweater and there’s a cold nip in the air. If you’re sorting out your seasonal wardrobe, we’ve put together our five favorite fall-colored gemstones to help you get creative with your jewelry this season.
1. Orange Tourmaline
First discovered in Sri Lanka, tourmalines are multicolored semi precious gemstones formed by crystal boron silicate minerals and given their vibrant colors by compounded elements including potassium, sodium and lithium. There is a whole spectrum of tourmaline available, but for fall, this orange tourmaline has the perfect light, golden hue – it looks just like sunlight through fall leaves. These specially colored tourmalines are known as Dravite species, found in the Drave region of Carinthia, the southernmost state of Austria.
2. Almandine Garnet
This garnet owes its distinctive hue to the presence of iron while it formed. Also known as the Ceylon Ruby and Syriam Garnet, these stones are most commonly found in Sri Lanka’s gemstone gravels. Almandine can have a purple hue, but at its most red it has a rich coppery hue – a warm, resonant autumnal color.
For a lighter fall gemstone palette, chose citrine. This pretty stone ranges from pale yellow to a darker, smokier brown. It’s a variety of quartz which can occur naturally but is often manufactured chemically to create a beautiful, but less costly version of the lovely gem,
4. Brown Zircon
The ancient Persian word Zargun, meaning golden-coloured, is the root of this pretty gem. Formed in silica melts, these stones can develop in a range of hues. From the most common yellow-gold, to the less common blue. We love brown zircon as a fall gemstone. It’s warm, has a real glow and reminds us of conkers and chestnuts.
5. Imperial Topaz
Perhaps one of the rarest gems on our list, Imperial Topaz is most commonly found in Brazil. It occurs in hues including yellow and deep orange-brown , occasionally with a violet tint. It is an absolutely breathtaking stone which makes a beautiful centerpiece for any item of fall-inspired jewelry. The SW Creations creative juices are just itching to start playing with this stone!
Are you inspired by fall’s beautiful colors? Do you have jewelry that you wear to celebrate particular seasons? Why not add to your fall collection with a unique piece from SWCreations?